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.
“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.