Finn Russell was issued a three-match ban for his foul against France in their Six Nations clash. As he was attempting to end off Brice Dulin in the 71st minute, he caught the Frenchman in the throat with his elbow. An independent disciplinary committee found the Scotsman act guilty of “properly categorised as striking with the arm”.
A summary of the hearing said: “Mr Russell accepted that he had committed an act of foul play and that it had warranted a red card. However, he did not accept that he had ‘struck’ Mr Dulin and suggested that the foul play should have been categorised as an infringement of Law 9.24 (A ball-carrier is permitted to hand off an opponent provided excessive force is not used).”
“The Disciplinary Committee decided that Mr Russell’s actions had been proper categorised as striking with the arm under Law 9.12 and found the offence to warrant a mid-range entry point (six weeks).” the summary added.
Russell now has the right to appeal will miss the match for Racing 92 along with the quarter-final if they advance. Depending on Racing 92 performance in Europe he could also miss a couple of matches of their Top 14 campaign.