Scotland have been handed a boost ahead of their quarter final clash with Australia in the rugby world cup on Sunday.
Kelso's Ross Ford and teammate Jonny Gray have had their three-week suspension lifted and are able to play with immediate effect, the Scottish Rugby Union has announced.
The pair were given the bans fo a joint tackle during last week's win over Samoa.
In a surprise move, World Rugby disciplinary bosses have now overturned the suspension - freeing up both met to run out at Twickenham. But, having prepared all week with Ford's understudy hooker Fraser Brown and back-up second-rower Tim Swinson, Cotter now has to decide whether to re-jig his team with just 24 hours to go before kick-off. A spokesman for the Dark Blues would only say: "Both Ross and Jonny are available to play and the Scotland team are considering their options."
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