World U20s 2015: Scotland’s Archie Russell banned for two matches
Stirling County centre hit with "two-week" suspension for spear tackle, SRU confirms it won't appeal the sanction
Scotland U20 outside centre Archie Russell has been banned for two matches after being found guilty of a dangerous tackle in their 68-10 defeat to New Zealand.
The Stirling County player was yellow carded in the 47th minute for the second-half for a “spear” tackle on opposite number Jack Goodhue, but was later cited for an act of foul play contrary to Law 10.4 (j) (dangerous tackle).
Appearing at a hearing in Brescia on Thursday afternoon, Russell denied his actions were foul play, but judicial officer Pat Barriscale (Ireland) upheld the citing.
Determining a low-end entry point, a four-week ban was reduced by two weeks due to mitigating factors, including a previously clean record.
Due to the short timescale for the U20 championship, the two-week ban will be applied over the course of the next two pool stage matches, ruling Russell out of Scotland’s Pool C matches against Ireland on Saturday and Argentina on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old will be free to play from Thursday 11 June making him eligible for the play-off stages on match days four and five, which take place from Monday 15 June.
His older brother Finn, of Glasgow Warriors and Scotland fame, was hit with a similar ban during the RBS 6 Nations in February, when he was found guilty of an act of foul play for colliding in their air with Wales outside-half Dan Biggar.
Russell has the right of appeal, but a Scottish Rugby Union spokesman confirmed to The Sport Review that they will not be appealing the ban.
Samoa hooker Elia Elia was also banned for two weeks – to be served as two matches – after being cited for a dangerous tackle in their 34-22 defeat to Australia in Pool B.