Stuart Hogg has backed Finn Russell to be the maverick playmaker Scotland need to cut through their RBS Six Nations rivals.
The Glasgow stand-off made his championship debut in front of 80,000 fans at the Stade de France as the Scots lost 15-8 to Philippe Saint-Andre’s men. It was a brave but frustrating display from the visitors in Paris against a French side clad in unfamiliar red.
But there were many positives for coach Vern Cotter to mull over, none more so than the display of his six-cap No.10 Russell.
He kicked with authority but also took responsibility whenever he got his hands on the ball, keeping the French guessing with a series of daring carries.
Team-mate Hogg said: “Finn is different class. We’ve found you can only expect the unexpected from him. He’ll throw a dummy here, a little chip kick there. He’s got that little bit of invention you need to unpick the top teams. He’s a brilliant player and as long as he keeps working hard – which he does – then he’ll keep moving in the right direction.”
Wing Tommy Seymour sustained a hip injury in the match and is a doubt for Sunday’s match against Wales at BT Murrayfield.
Mark Bennett (leg), Geoff Cross (leg), Alex Dunbar (neck/shoulder), Robert Harley (leg) and Alasdair Strokosch (leg) will be assessed later this week.