SRU to appeal Finn Russell ban

Finn Russell has been banned for this tackle on Dan Biggar. Pic: Getty

Finn Russell has been banned for this tackle on Dan Biggar. Pic: Getty

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Scottish Rugby is to appeal the two-week suspension of stand-off Finn Russell by an independent Six Nations discipline committee.

Russell appeared before the panel yesterday having been cited under Law 10.4 (e) and (i) for an alleged dangerous tackle on opponent Dan Biggar in the air, during the RBS Six Nations match against Wales on Sunday at BT Murrayfield. The ban means he will miss Scotland home clash with Italy on February 28.

The disciplinary committee determined that Russell had committed an act of foul play, which merited a red card, rather than the on-field yellow card given by referee Glen Jackson.

The committee said the challenge was reckless rather than deliberate and it was stated to be at the lower end of World Rugby’s scale of seriousness.

A Scottish Rugby spokesperson said: “We are disappointed by the outcome of the committee meeting, and subsequent suspension of stand-off Finn Russell. Following the arrival of the written sanction later this week, we intend to appeal.”