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World Cup ban dispute goes on

Scotland to appeal against player suspensions

Jonny GrayScottish Rugby is appealing against the bans imposed on Ross Ford and Jonny Gray over alleged illegal tackles which will rule them out of the rest of the World Cup.

The two forwards were handed three-week suspensions following Saturday’s pool victory over Samoa which booked Scotland a quarter final tie against Australia next weekend.

Both players have denied foul play and after the referee at the match appeared to cast doubt on the decision they have won backing from the authorities in Scotland.

“Scottish Rugby can confirm it will appeal against the suspensions given to Ross Ford and Jonny Gray following the RWC match vs Samoa,” Scottish Rugby tweeted this morning.

Australian citing commissioner Scott Nowland accused Hooker Ford and lock Gray of dropping Samoa’s Jack Lam on his head with an illegal two-man tip tackle during the 36-33 win.

Scotland’s players have been fired up by the bans. Josh Strauss said: “We are all very disappointed for Ross and Jonny, being a close group of lads we know each other very well and these are two very determined guys.

“When I heard it myself [about the bans], and I can only speak for myself, I was angry.

“It was more for them. I can imagine myself in their shoes and how I would feel if it was me.”

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