Robbie Russell bows out

Robbie Russell, the Scotland and London Irish hooker, has been forced to retire from the game due to injury after a distinguished career playing in both northern and southern hemispheres.

The 31-year-old Brisbane-born player learned his rugby in Australia where he played with Souths, before moving to his grandfather’s homeland where he played for Aberdeen GSFP and Edinburgh Reivers.

He moved to the Guinness Premiership in 1999, joining Saracens and later moving to London Irish in 2004.

“I am sorry to hear that injury has forced Robbie Russell to retire,” said Scotland coach Frank Hadden.

“I wish him all the best. I first came across him playing club rugby for Aberdeen Grammar and promptly got him involved with the Caledonia Reds professional team.

“Robbie played in both the 1999 and 2003 Rugby World Cup competitions scoring tries against Uruguay and Australia respectively.

The competition for the hooker position in the national side has been intense in recent times and I always kept an eye on his form because, at his best, he was a quality front-row forward.”

Russell played 60 games and scored seven tries for London Irish.

He won 27 caps for Scotland in all, making his debut in the Rugby World Cup in 1999 against Uruguay, and scoring four tries.

“I’ve had a great career and thoroughly enjoyed my rugby wherever I’ve played,” said Russell.

“I would like to have played on for another couple of seasons, unfortunately that is not going to be physically possible.

“I would like to thank all the players, coaches and management and supporters I have met over the years and specifically at London Irish for their help, friendship and encouragement over the past three seasons.”

 

365 Digital

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