Six Nations: Scotland second-row Grant Gilchrist to miss Wales opener

68-cap veteran has been suspended for one week following red-card playing for Edinburgh last weekend

Grant Gilchrist has been handed a one game ban after his sending off playing for Edinburgh against Scarlets last weekend. Image: © Craig Watson -
Grant Gilchrist has been handed a one game ban after his sending off playing for Edinburgh against Scarlets last weekend. Image: © Craig Watson -

GRANT GILCHRIST will miss Scotland’s Six Nations opener against Wales in Cardiff on 3rd February after being handed a one week suspension following his red-carding whilst playing for Edinburgh against Scarlets last weekend.

Gilchrist was sent off by the referee, Sara Cox, in the 72nd minute of the match following a second yellow card offence. Both yellow cards were for dangerous tackles.

Gilchrist, who has been capped 68 times, is one of five specialist locks in Scotland’s Six Nations training squad, with Scott Cummings, Richie Gray, Sam Skinner and Glen Young now left battling it out for two starting berths and probably one bench spot ahed of next weekend’s clash at the Principality Stadium.

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An independent Judicial Officer, Gareth Graham (England), who conducted the case on a papers only basis, found that Gilchrist had committed two similar offences in that he made two dangerous tackles that both warranted yellow cards.

The Judicial Officer decided that an appropriate sanction entry point for the offending was one week, however, despite the player’s acceptance of the charge and his full co-operation with the disciplinary process, mitigation could not be applied in this instance as any period of suspension has to be rounded up to a whole number of weeks.

A suspension of one week was therefore imposed and as Gilchrist would have been considered for selection for Scotland’s Guinness Six Nations match against Wales on Saturday, 3rd February, he is free to play on Monday, 5 February.

Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.

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  1. First one was probably a yellow, but no way was the second one.
    The law is now being interpreted as the defender will always be the guilty party, no matter what
    And as for the penalty try…..

  2. By that stage of the game Sara had lost the plot and seemed to issue both card in a panic. Neither I felt were justified.

    • I’m not saying that the ref made the right calls, but the TMO played too big a part in those decisions….

    • I’m thinking that’s because the ball carrier is not the one attempting the tackle? Though I get your point – Finn was carded against France for his actions against the prospective tackler but it’s hard to justify the carrier for causing a head clash unless they go for the deliberate headbutt. Maybe a bit harsh but Gilchrist has a lot of form for going in high so perhaps his reputation precedes him? For me, the number of penalties he concedes is another reason for not including him in the Wales game squad.

      • Yep. Too many penalties and given his physique he is not aggressive or physical enough at international level if he is not the primary line out jumper.


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