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Scotland appeal duos suspensions

  • Scotland takes on Australia in the RWC quarter-final
  • Dark Blues’ appeal three-week bans handed to Ross Ford and Jonny Gray
  • The duo were punished for tip-tackle on Jack Lam in win over Samoa
Scotland are hopeful of having forwards Jonny Gray and Ross Ford available for their RWC quarter-final against Australia after they launched an appeal.

Lock Gray and Hooker Ford had both been handed three-week bans for dangerous tackles during Saturday’s 36-33 Pool B win over Samoa.

The Scottish Rugby Union announced on their Twitter account: “Scottish Rugby can confirm it will appeal against the suspensions given to Ross Ford and Jonny Gray following the RWC match v Samoa.”

The appeal process typically takes place within 48 hours of the submission being made, however, unlike in football, players cannot play while a decision is pending.

Scotland’s appeal comes after it had emerged South African referee Jaco Peyper told disciplinary bosses he did not feel the duo’s challenge merited further punishment. Peyper saw the incident at the time but decided not to act.