Six Scottish players sanctioned after leaving team hotel for Edinburgh bar


Six Scottish players have been sanctioned following a breach of team protocols following last Saturday’s Six Nations victory in Italy.

The BBC have reported that British and Irish Lions trio Finn Russell, Stuart Hogg and Ali Price, along with Sione Tuipulotu, Darcy Graham and Sam Johnson, have drawn the wrath of team management after leaving the hotel in the team to go to a bar in Edinburgh. after their return from Rome.

The Scottish Rugby Union acknowledged a disciplinary issue had arisen but declined to confirm the identities of the players.

A statement read: “The Scotland management team this week dealt with a post-match matter involving six players following the game against Italy last weekend.

“The players involved have been contacted individually and these conversations and results will remain private.

“Preparations for the game against Ireland this week have been good and the whole team is fully focused on delivering a positive result on Saturday.”

Of the six players allegedly involved, captain Hogg, Graham, Johnson and Price, who won his 50th cap in Italy, are all in the starting XV for Saturday’s game against Ireland in Dublin, while Russell was a surprise omission from Gregor Townsend’s side, with the talismanic half starting on the bench.

Tuipulotu has been released to play for Glasgow against Edinburgh in the United Rugby Championship on Friday night.


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