Scottish Rugby today confirmed they will appeal bans against Ross Ford and Jonny Gray.
The duo received a three-week ban each for dangerous tackles against Samoa last Saturday.
Should the ban stand they will miss the World Cup quarter-finals against Australia on Saturday as well as the semi-final and final should the Scots progress.
Scottish Rugby Chief Executive Mark Dodson said: “We hold Ross and Jonny in very high regard and as a result will be launching a robust appeal to challenge their suspensions, which we feel are unduly harsh.
“I have raised their case with Brett Gosper at World Rugby and asked for consistency in how such incidents are punished.
“It is clear other Unions are also seeking better clarity on the use of citing and the interpretation of how key areas of the game are scrutinised and the subsequent levels of punishment set.”
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