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Rugby World Cup Australia v Scotland: Scots appealing length of key duo Ross Ford and Jonny Gray's suspensions

By Staff Reporter

Scotland are already preparing to face Australia in Sunday's World Cup quarter-final without forwards Ross Ford and Jonny Gray - despite lodging appeals against their controversial three-week bans.

The Scottish Rugby Union announced yesterday they were challenging the punishments handed to hooker Ford and lock Gray from dumping Samoan Jack Lam on his head with an illegal two-man tip tackle during last weekend's 36-33 win over Samoa.

But in a subsequent statement, the Dark Blues confirmed they are only set to appeal the length of the duo's suspensions and not the finding of guilt itself.

Team-mate Finn Russell knows his colleagues are hurting but has vowed to use their pain as motivation this weekend.

He said: "We're disappointed for the two boys but for the rest of us we've all got a job to do. Hopefully we'll get it done this weekend.

"We've got to put that disappointment behind us and even use it as extra motivation. We need to go out and do it for the boys this weekend."

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