Scotland backrower John Hardie has been slapped with a three month ban by Scotland Rugby for allegedly using cocaine.

The former Highlanders flanker currently featuring for Edinburgh¬†who has been capped over 50 time for both Southland and the Highlanders, will not be available for selection by Edinburgh until mid-January 2018 after having been found guilty of “gross misconduct” by Scottish Rugby.

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“Through my actions I feel I have let my club, my team-mates and the fans down. I want to acknowledge the support I have had from Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish Rugby in dealing with the issue,” he said in a statement.

Hardies ban is effective from his initial suspension received in October and he is set to miss Scotland’s international tests.

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