Scotland fly-half Russell loses two week ban appeal

Scotland will be without fly-half Finn Russell for this weekend’s Six Nations Championship match against Italy on Saturday after he failed to have his ban reversed.

Finn was banned for two weeks by Six Nations organisers and a Six Nations appeal committee upheld the punishment.

The Scotland flyhalf was banned for a tackle on Wales’ Dan Biggar in their 23-26 loss at Murrayfield.

The 22-year-old Russell had appealed for the ban to be overturned but in vain and so will miss out on the potential wooden spoon decider between the two sides who are yet to win after two games of the tournament.

“The Appeal Committee, having considered submissions on behalf of the player and on behalf of the Six Nations disciplinary officer, dismissed the appeal with the result that the original sanction of a two-week suspension stands, with Finn Russell able to return to play on March 2, 2015, ” read a Six Nations statement.

Russell initially suceeded in having the ban reduced from three weeks to two in his first appeal and will now be available to face England at Twickenham on March 14.

The Scot clashed with Biggar as the Welshman jumped for a high ball during the first half and was punished with a yellow card by match referee Glen Jackson.

Ospreys back Biggar crashed to the turf but was able to continue and help his side to victory.

The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) have announced they will appeal the ruling and firmly state that the tackle was accidental and not deliberate.

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