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Saracens second-row Callum Hunter-Hill receives a call-up while Richie Gray faces a disciplinary hearing

Callum Hunter Hill played 19 games for Edinburgh over three season before joining Saracens ahead of the 2019-20 season. Image: ©Craig Watson
Callum Hunter Hill played 19 games for Edinburgh over three season before joining Saracens ahead of the 2019-20 season. Image: ©Craig Watson

FLANKER Hamish Watsons and prop Rory Sutherland have both been ruled out of Scotland’s final Autumn Test Series fixture against Argentina on Saturday due to a concussion a knee injury, respectively.

Meanwhile, second-row Richie Gray has been cited for charging into a ruck or maul during Saturday’s defeat to New Zealand. He will attend a hearing via video conference before an independent Judicial Committee chaired by Shao-ing Wang (Singapore) with the two other Judicial Committee members to be confirmed in due course. The hearing will take place on a date to be agreed with the chair of the Judicial Committee as well as the player and his representatives.

With fellow second-rows Scott Cummings and Sam Skinner both injured, Callum Hunter-Hill, who has played in seven out of nine games so far this season for Gallagher Premiership table-toppers Saracens, has been called into the senior national squad for the first time.


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18 Comments

  1. Yes it’s an absolute disgrace. Those nasty AB’s carried out so many assaults’ and if there are no citings then the disciplinary system is corrupt.

    Back in the real world it was a good game of rugby and Scotland lost.

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  2. Think it might be something to do with Scott Barrett, he went down bloody eyed and was heard saying “ive been punched” over and over. RG doesnt strike me as the type pardon the pun

  3. Btw really great to see CHH getting a chance within the Scotland setup, regular starts in the premiership with the best coached club side in England if not Europe helps develop skills

  4. Some totally random comments in here. Citing is about foul play, tackling off the ball is not an offence you can be cited for.

  5. I wonder if the ‘citing’ process will be as much of a Kangaroo Court as many of them are. Any attempt at defending yourself opens up the opportunity for the on-field process to increase from the basic obligatory suspension.
    Invariably the panel also are suspect from the experience of modern day play foisted upon the game by World Rugby with little forethought for consequences of their actions let alone Players in the attritional game that World Rugby have sanctioned.

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    • Indeed…also astonished that the two no arms hits, one off the ball, not to mention Graham being tackled off the ball were not cited. Feels like NZ and Ireland are utterly immune to the laws of the game

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      • Thanks for the information, I don’t suppose you know when the alleged incident occurred by any chance?

      • Really? A deliberate stamp to an ankle would not be a red?

        Is there video of any of these anywhere …. ?

      • Citings are almost entirely random. You can probably find multiple potential RC offences every game to cite but instead they pick a random handful to keep up the pretence they are policing the game. It’s a totally inept system.

      • I would really like to look at the incident where Richie Gray was cited, such as who made the complaint NZ or the Citing officer if it was the TMO why not called at the time who did he injure? Hopefully David Barnes is on the case as I type looking for answers to those questions.

      • If citings are such a random process…..funny and yet convenient that the darling boys of rugby NZ were not cited despite the plentiful opportunities they provided.

      • @GeorgeHaley
        NZ cannot cite, they can draw the citing officer’s attention to something
        The citing officer reviews the match, only he/she can cite a player – the TMO is not involved in citing a player. Had the TMO seen something they should as you say flag it to the ref at the time

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