Finn Russell loved by Japan … and future highest paid rugby player in the world?

Ambitious Japanese club Green Rockets are set to break the bank to attract Tokatsu Racing 92’s Scottish opening half.

Rumors favoring particular sites in the United Kingdom and Japan haven’t stopped swelling for 24 hours. Green Rockets club Tokatsu, who make no secret of their ambition to win Japan’s all-new professional rugby league within three years, pulled out the checkbook for Scotland’s opening half and Racing 92 in an effort to persuade them to join . Under contract with the Ile-de-France club (that extended to 2023 last November), the brilliant Finn Russell, who landed in 2018, could therefore leave France and top 14 earlier than expected.

Australia’s Michael Cheeka, who has recently been appointed director of rugby for the Green Rockets, has made his travels a priority. And he has the financial means to woo her. The club, based in the city of Abiko (southeast of Tokyo), is actually set to buy back his contract from Racing 92 and offer him the biggest salary in the history of rugby. The record is held by South African Montpellier Hendre Pollard and New Zealander who plays for Bristol Charles Piutau, who received an annual salary of €1.15 million in 2020.

Will he give up on the 2023 World Cup?

Elected 55 times for Scotland, and most recently by the British Irish Lions, 28-year-old Finn Russell will have to make a significant choice. If he goes into exile in Japan in 2022, he will actually pawn his chances of being selected by XV du Chardon to compete in the 2023 World Cup.

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