Scots rocked by discipline violation ahead of Dublin final

WHILE Ireland prepare for their Triple Crown bid at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow, Scotland’s preparations were rocked by the revelations that six members of their squad, including captain Stuart Hogg and star on the bench Finn Russell, were injured last weekend for breaches were penalized against team protocols.

ogg, Russell and starters Darcy Graham, Sam Johnson and Ali Price joined the drop center. Sione Tuitulopu defied manager Gregor Townsend’s instructions to go to a bar in Edinburgh last Saturday night after returning from their win over Italy in Rome.

Details of the breach emerged on the BBC today, with the Scottish Rugby Union confirming players were disciplined after an incident that pressured the manager at the end of a disappointing season.

“The Scotland management team this week addressed a post-match matter involving six players following last weekend’s game against Italy,” the statement read.

“The players involved have been approached individually and these conversations and outcomes remain private.

“Preparations for this week’s game against Ireland have been good and the whole squad is fully focused on getting a positive result on Saturday.”

Russell was a shock omission for the Ireland clash, but this isn’t the first time he has run afoul of Townsend in similar circumstances.

The lively Racing 92 No 10 left the Scotland setup ahead of the 2020 Six Nations opener against Ireland after being disciplined by the coach for breaching team protocols.

The two were understood to have settled their differences but this incident will cause greater concern for Scottish rugby.

Ireland will hope the incident will undermine the Scots’ performance as they look to secure the win they need to lift the Triple Crown and put pressure on France ahead of their final game against England.

If Ireland wins and France loses, Ireland wins the title. Scots rocked by discipline violation ahead of Dublin final

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