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.
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.