SCOTLAND assistant coach Pieter de Villiers has revealed that a result from Richie Gray’s disciplinary hearing is expected around lunchtime tomorrow (Wednesday) – and that the management team are confident of a positive outcome.
The Glasgow lock was cited yesterday for dangerous play in a ruck or maul during Sunday’s match against the All Blacks, and if the disciplinary panel decide against him he could miss Scotland’s last match in this year’s Autumn Nations Series, against Argentina at BT Murrayfield on Saturday.
However, insisting that there was no malice in Gray’s action, scrum coach De Villiers gave every indication that he believed the forward would be able to take the field against the Pumas.
“We will have a result on Wednesday, probably around lunchtime,” De Villiers said. “Richie has always been an example of discipline, on and off the field.
“There’s absolutely no malicious intent in his gesture, so we’ve got confidence the process will go well. Obviously it’s not in our hands. But Richie has always been a brilliant example in terms of discipline.
“Richie’s experience and leadership have been massive. He’s brought a lot to the table for us. It’s great to see him in this kind of form.”
The citation was announced in an Autumn Nations Series press release, which read:
“Scotland lock Richie Gray will attend an independent disciplinary hearing after he was cited for an act of foul play contrary to Law No 9.20(a) (Dangerous play in a ruck or maul. A player must not charge into a ruck or maul. Charging includes any contact made without binding onto another player in the ruck or maul) in Scotland’s international match against New Zealand on 12 November 2022.
“The player will attend a hearing via video conference before an independent Judicial Committee chaired by Shao-ing Wang (Singapore). The two other Judicial Committee members will be confirmed in due course.”
De Villiers also confirmed that Finn Russell, whose partner is due to give birth shortly, remains with the group. “He’s still with the squad. There’s still no news with regards to the baby. We’re planning with him.”