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RWC: Ross Ford and Jonny Gray suspended

Ross Ford will be in the shadows for the rest of the World Cup Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Scotland rugby players Jonny Gray and Ross Ford, who's from the Borders, have been banned from playing rugby by the RFU for three weeks after making dangerous tackles against Samoa last Saturday. This means they will miss the rest of the tournament, including a quarter-final game against Australia on Sunday.

Hooker Ford and lock Gray were punished for their two-man tip-tackle on Samoa flanker Jack Lam.

They have 48 hours to challenge the ruling or face missing out on the rest of Scotland's campaign.

A spokesman for the national team said they were "disappointed" by Judicial Officer Christopher Quinlan QC's decision, adding: "We will consider carefully the full written judgement before making a decision on any future action."

Both Ford and Gray denied committing an act of foul play.

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