Finn Russell Finn Russell is loving live in France where they do things differently

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When Finn Russell left training this week, he had one final job to do: collect his wine order from the team manager. Beneath Racing 92’s training ground, there is a cellar stocked with the finest vintages from vineyards belonging to the club’s billionaire owner, Jacky Lorenzetti. It is available to the players at a discounted rate so Russell decided to treat his friends.

‘I’ve got my mates over from Stirling this weekend — a sparky, a farmer and one who works for a bus company — so I thought I’d pick up a few bottles… and some buckfast,’ he says, plonking the 2012 Chateau Pedesclaux and Chateau Lilian Ladouys on his kitchen worktop. ‘It comes straight out of your salary so it feels like you’re not even paying for it. I’m not sure the lads will remember the match!’

They do things differently in Paris — on and off the pitch.

Finn Russell has found out they do things differently in France, and he is loving it so far

Russell has emerged as Europe’s in-form No 10 this season while playing at Racing 92 in France

Their home stadium — La Defense Arena — feels more like a nightclub with its flashing lights, dancers and smoke machines. A £300million venue which converts rugby into a rock concert. And Russell is in charge of the show, with Munster next up in the Champions Cup this afternoon. This season, Russell has emerged as Europe’s in-form No 10, with performances that have been anything but conventional. His highlights reel features nutmegs, no-look passes and all-round swagger. For a sport that is trying to boost its marketability to drive up profits, he is the sort of player whom the financiers at CVC should have their eye on.


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