Scotland playmaker Finn Russell is backing Scotland to rediscover the winning habit in round three of the Guinness Six Nations.

The next assignment for the Scots will be against France in Russell’s adopted city, Paris.

He will be back in the French capital this week and may be involved for his club, Racing 92, when Toulouse visit the U Arena. He will then refocus on international commitments and will be looking to turn on the style at the nearby Stade de France. He could face several Racing colleagues in that encounter.

The 26 year old is desperate to help Scotland make amends for an error strewn performance against Ireland at BT Murrayfield. He made the vital break and provided the scoring pass for Sam Johnson to bag his first international try. But a hefty Scottish error count allowed the Irish to post a 22-13 win.

“There was a lot of knock-ons and we gave away penalties in the second half. Whenever we got into their half we struggled to keep hold of the ball. I threw a forward pass. Once you make one mistake you make another and it’s a snowball effect”, he said.

However, he is confident that the problems will not recur next time out.

“We should be able to fix those mistakes in France. We’ll need to be at our best if we are to win over there.”

Russell admits that the remaining Six Nations fixtures will be tough, but he is relishing the challenge.

“These are the situations you love to be in when you’re on the back foot and you have to come out fighting. We’re going to give it all we’ve got to finish as high as we can.”

Written by Colin Renton