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

By Gareth Llewellyn

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.

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