Finn Russell has been brought in from the cold by Scotland rugby boss Gregor Townsend after both sides buried the hatchet.
The mercurial fly-half was dropped for the Six Nations in February and March for breaching team protocol – then criticising Townsend in an interview.
But contact between the two was restored during lockdown and the Racing 92 star is set to win his 50th cap either against Georgia on Friday week or in Scotland’s delayed Six Nations finale with Wales week later.
Townsend said: "The lockdown and time away from rugby and normal life allowed people to connect throughout the world and certainly we've connected a lot over that period.
“We want the best for him and the best for the Scotland team and we see them both coming together during this period.”
Russell, who will join up with the Scotland squad after playing for Racing 92 against Exeter Chiefs in Saturday’s Champions Cup final, confirmed that “everything’s better now” in his relationship with Townsend.
Team captain Stuart Hogg acknowledged that there had been some “difficult conversations” between Townsend, Russell and himself.
But he added: “I generally feel sorry for Finn for the amount of stuff that keeps coming his way over this.
“Knowing him he’ll just want it to be finished so he can concentrate on playing and never again have to answer questions about it.”
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