By Jonathan Davies
2015 - the year of Rugby in the UK
Scotland fly-half Finn Russell has been given a two week ban for his challenge on Dan Biggar in the 26-23 defeat to Wales on Sunday.
Russell was shown a yellow card by referee Glen Jackson for his tackle on Biggar, but the Six Nations disciplinary committee upgraded it to a red, describing it as "reckless rather than deliberate".
Biggar jumped to claim the high ball, but Russell miss-timed his jump and pulled out of the tackle. Instead he turned his back to the airborne Biggar, resulting in a nasty fall for the Welshman.
The fly-half will miss Scotland's third Six Nations tie against Italy at Murrayfield on 28 February.
The committee added: "The committee considered it at the lower end of World Rugby's scale of seriousness, carrying a three-week suspension.
"It noted the absence of aggravating factors and the existence of certain mitigating factors, including the player's clear disciplinary record, in applying a one-week reduction from the entry point."
Scotland Rugby has said it will appeal the decision. A spokesperson said: "We are disappointed by the outcome of today's discipline committee meeting, and subsequent suspension of stand-off Finn Russell.
"Following the arrival of the written sanction later this week, we intend to appeal."
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