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Scotland lose Gray and Ford for Rugby World Cup

Article Published: Wednesday 14 October 2015
Edited by: Rugbyweek.com.
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Scotland lose Gray and Ford for Rugby World Cup

Scotland's Ross Ford and Jonny Gray will both miss the rest of the Rugby World Cup after both were given three week bans.

The ban immediately rules the pair out of this weekend's Rugby World Cup quarter final against Australia at Twickenham.

The Scottish pair were cited by "independent" citing commissioner Scott Nowland of Australia for incidents in the match against Samoa in Newcastle.

If Scotland were to reach the final they would have three matches remaining so the pair will not be able to return to the field in the rugby world cup.

Both players have denied the charges against them and will have 48 hours to appeal their bans.

Details of the specific incidents have not been released, however judicial officer Christopher Quinlan ruled "each player committed an act of foul play contrary to law. "

"Tackles involving a player being lifted off the ground and tipped horizontally and were then either forced or dropped to the ground must be dealt with severely by match officials and all those involved in the disciplinary process."

Ford was accused of a dangerous tackle and Gray was said to have committed an illegal tip tackle during the 36-33 win that secured Scotland's place in the last eight.

Scotland resource coach Nathan Hines had said earlier he did not pick up on the tackles during the match and "it was only until the (Australian) citing commissioner picked up on it and issued his report."

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