A blow to Scotland’s Six Nations hopes as Gilchrist was banned

The second row admitted before an independent judicial panel, which he attended via video link, that he committed an act of deceit when he collided with Anthony Gelenches on the shoulder early in the Stade de France showdown last week.

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After reviewing all the evidence, the panel applied World Rugby’s mandatory minimum mid-range entry point to foul play involving head contact, resulting in a six-week suspension.

However, Gilchrist’s early admission that the incident warranted a red card, and his lack of intent and apparent remorse, meant that the six-week entry point had been reduced to three.

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Gilchrist will now be suspended for the last two matches of Scotland’s campaign at home to Ireland on Sunday and Italy the following Saturday.

The 32-year-old lock was also due to come off United’s Edinburgh Championship game away to Connacht later this month but his request to participate in a training intervention program was granted rather than miss the third game of his penalty period.

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