Women’s 6N: Chloe Rollie gets three-match ban

Full-back will miss Saturday's game against Ireland then two club matches as a result of her red card against Italy last weekend.

Chloe Rollie
Chloe Rollie has been a prolific try-scorer for Scotland. Image: © Craig Watson. www.craigwatson.co.uk

CHLOE Rollie will miss Scotland’s  final game of this year’s Six Nations, against Ireland in Belfast on Saturday, after being given a three-match suspension for her red card in last week’s win over Italy. The other two matches for which the full-back is banned will both be for her club, Loughborough Lightning.

The 28-year-old was shown a yellow card by referee Maggie Cogger-Orr in the final minute of the 17-10 win in Parma after a dangerous clear-out. The yellow card was later upgraded to red.

Rollie has the right to appeal, but it is understood that she will not do so. Meryl Smith is favourite to take over the No 15 jersey for the match at the Kingspan Stadium, having played there in the first two rounds of the Championship, against Wales and England.

Announcing the ban, a statement from Six Nations read:

“Scotland number 15, Chloe Rollie, today appeared before an independent Disciplinary Committee via video link having received a red card for an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.18 in the match between Scotland and Italy on Saturday 20th April 2024.

“The independent Disciplinary Committee was chaired by Richard Cole (Wales), joined by former international referee Valeriu Toma (Romania) and former international player Stefan Terblanche (South Africa).

“Having accepted that the act of foul play justified the red card and by applying World Rugby’s sanctioning provisions, the Disciplinary Committee determined that the low-end entry point of six weeks was appropriate with the full 50% mitigation applied, based on exemplary record, good conduct and having shown immediate remorse, reducing the sanction to three weeks.

“The suspension will cover the following matches;

“27th April 2024 – Ireland vs Scotland, Six Nations

“12th May 2024 – Loughborough Lightning vs Gloucester-Hartpury, PWR

“18th May 2024 – Loughborough Lightning vs Harlequins, PWR

The player was reminded of her right of appeal.”


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  1. That was a sad end to a great game for Chloe, but good to see WR protecting our players of all sides. All the more important as the women’s game inevitably becomes more physical as they enter the professional era.

  2. If I was Loughborough I wouldn’t be happy to lose our contracted player due to an ban incurred on international duty. Wouldn’t happen in soccer.

  3. I can’t help feeling that if an England lioness had been the miscreant, she would have got off with a one game ban. Their recent transgressors seem to have got off lightly.

    • Fully agree with you. I am not saying a three week ban is not justified (it was dangerous). However, the English player who broke Michela Sillari’s leg on day one with a crocodile roll did not even accept hers was a red card offence, yet got away with three weeks as Rollie. Same punishment, quite different behavior and class.


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