Zander Fagerson has been handed a four-match ban following his sending off during Scotland’s loss to Wales on Saturday, meaning he will miss his team’s three remaining matches in this season’s Six Nations against France away on 28th February, followed by Ireland and Italy at home on 14th and 20th March respectively. 

The tight-head prop appeared before a Six Nations disciplinary panel last night to answer a charge related to his shoulder making contact with opposite number Wyn Jones’ head as he cleared out a ruck in the 64th minute of Saturday’s match. 

Fagerson accepted that he had committed an act of foul play but did not accept that it warranted a red card. The panel, which comprised David Hurley (Ireland), Becky Essex (England) and Stefan Terblanche (South Africa), decided that the offence had warranted a red card with a mid-range entry point of six weeks’ suspension, which was reduced by two weeks to take account of mitigating factors including his admission of foul play, good disciplinary record and remorse.   

Ireland flanker Peter O’Mahony received a three-week reduction after he faced a very similar charge the previous week.