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Gregor Townsend: Finn Russell is staying at Glasgow

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Glasgow Warriors boss Gregor Townsend is adamant Finn Russell will be at the Guinness PRO12 side next season and has questioned the morality of clubs reportedly courting the star fly-half's services.

Russell's contract at the Warriors is up in 2018 but the Daily Mail reports a number of clubs are considering moves to buy the Scotland No.10 out of the final year of his contract.

Townsend, who replaces Vern Cotter as Scotland boss in June, has dismissed any chance of Russell moving at the end of the current campaign and said World Rugby should look into clubs tapping up players who have more than a year left on their contract.

"'If clubs are speaking to our players when they have still got 18 months of contract left it is not right and World Rugby has to do something about it," Townsend said in the Daily Mail. "Before, there was much more understanding, comprehension and morality in terms of not speaking to players until they got to the last year of their contract.

"World Rugby needs to start dealing with this. You go to the club and ask is this player in contract, is it the last few months of your deal. Is it another year? You don't speak to the individual.

"The right of clubs speaking to our players when they are still in contract with a year and a bit still to go is wrong and it needs to change.

"Finn's contracted and we look forward to him being here for the next season and a half, and hopefully beyond."