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Appeals committee reverses decision

Scots pair win appeal to face Wallabies

Jonny GrayScotland forwards Ross Ford and Jonny Gray (pictured) have successfully overturned their three-week bans, allowing them to face Australia in the World Cup quarter-final.

The pair were controversially suspended for a two-man tipping tackle on Samoan flanker Jack Lam.

But an appeal hearing in London has reversed the decision. The Appeal Committee, chaired by the Honourable Justice Lex Mpati (South Africa) issued a statement which said: “The appeal committee dismissed the finding that the players had committed an act of foul play as the player had not been dropped or driven and therefore the tackle was not dangerous.

“The players are therefore free to play again immediately.”

Neither Gray nor Ford were named in Scotland’s starting lineup for the Twickenham clash but will be challenging for a starting slot.

Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson said “justice has been done”.

“Ross and Jonny are now free to re-join the tournament, ahead of the biggest game for Scottish Rugby in recent years,” he added.

“We find it hugely disappointing they were put in this position by a judicial process, which is inconsistent and unfair. Justice delayed is justice denied.

“It is regrettable that this has overshadowed a massive week for the sport and our focus continues to be on the match against Australia.”

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