Nine-week ban for Melrose forward

Melrose lock Lewis Carmichael has been given a nine-week ban for foul play at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Italy.

The Melrose player will miss the remainder of the tournament as well as the start of the domestic season as a result of the suspension which was handed down for a contravention of Law 10.4(m) – “an act contrary to good sportsmanship – contact with the eye or eye area” – during Scotland’s defeat by Ireland on Saturday.

Carmichael attended a disciplinary hearing in Brescia on Monday before judicial officer Antony Davies of England.

The offence is believed to have happened in a maul but Scotland under-20 head coach Sean Lineen insists it was not deliberate.