London - Scotland fly-half Finn Russell will miss Scotland's Six Nations game
against Italy next week after tournament organisers announced on
Wednesday he had been given a two-week suspension.
Glasgow player was given a three-week ban, reduced to two weeks due to
his good previous record, for a dangerous tackle on Dan Biggar during
Scotland's 26-23 loss to Wales in Edinburgh last Sunday.
disciplinary committee decided that the offence was reckless rather than
deliberate," read a Six Nations statement after a disciplinary panel in
"The committee considered it at the lower end of World Rugby's scale of seriousness, carrying a three-week suspension.
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."
Biggar sprawling as the Welshman leapt for a high ball during the first
half of the game at Murrayfield, but the Ospreys number 10 avoided
serious injury and was able to play on.
New Zealand referee Glen
Jackson sent Russell to the sin bin, but a Six Nations disciplinary
committee found that the incident had been worthy of a red card.
who lost their first two games, host Italy on February 28 before
tackling England and Ireland in their final two matches.