Fly-half Finn Russell has a “completely completely different mindset” since his Scotland return and is “teaching” gamers in coaching, captain Stuart Hogg says.
Having sat out the Autumn Nations Cup with an harm sustained in opposition to Wales in October, the 28-year-old Racing 92 participant is primed for the Six Nations.
Russell missed most of final yr’s match for breaching crew protocol.
“It is thrilling for everyone, particularly myself as a back-three participant [to have him back],” Hogg mentioned.
“To have Finn enjoying beside you is barely going to create alternatives.
“I’ve simply beloved the way in which he is come into camp in the course of the autumn and this Six Nations marketing campaign. He is virtually coached the boys round and put us into positions the place he needs us.
“It is a completely completely different mindset that he is acquired and we’re completely loving it.”
Russell, whose Racing 92 facet had been overwhelmed by Hogg’s Exeter Chiefs in final season’s European Champions Cup last, is about to win his 52nd cap in Scotland’s Six Nations opener in opposition to England at Twickenham on 6 February.
“You may see how nicely he is been enjoying for Racing over the previous yr and hopefully he can carry that type into Scotland,” Hogg added.
“We consider he is without doubt one of the finest 10s on the planet, and fairly presumably has the most effective kicking sport out of all people, so we’re very lucky he is a part of our squad.”
Head coach Gregor Townsend says there’s a freshness about his squad as they search to enhance on final yr’s fourth-place end.
Bathtub’s 21-year-old centre Cameron Redpath, having chosen Scotland over England, is considered one of 4 uncapped gamers within the group, whereas Glasgow Warriors lock Richie Grey is recalled after two months out with concussion.
“Bringing somebody younger like Cameron right into a squad does have an impact,” Townsend mentioned. “We noticed that final yr with Darcy Graham – simply that enthusiasm of youth retains the older guys on their toes.
“These guys are fearless and that is what you need. And Richie Grey brings expertise. He is nonetheless very keen about enjoying for his nation and to see him operating round in coaching like he is 21 as an alternative of 31 is sensible.”