Scotland suspends former Highlander John Hardie

Annette Crawford
October 21, 2017

"Scottish Rugby and Edinburgh Rugby confirm Scotland global and Edinburgh forward, John Hardie, has been suspended from duty pending an internal investigation", read the statement.

A spokesman also confirmed that this case was unrelated to that of Edinburgh captain Magnus Bradbury, who is still suspended after suffering a head injury on a night out with friends prior to last week's European Challenge Cup game against London Irish.

It is of a serious enough nature that Hardie's rugby future in this country is in jeopardy, and it is not believed to relate to a specific on-field or training pitch event.

In a statement, the SRU said: "Scottish Rugby and Edinburgh Rugby confirm Scotland global and Edinburgh forward, John Hardie, has been suspended from duty pending an internal investigation".

Although he played well his for his country initially, he has since struggled with both injuries and form, with Edinburgh team-mate Hamish Watson taking his place as first-choice openside flanker with Scotland over the previous year.


No further details were given, with a Scottish Rugby statement adding only that "we are unable to comment further given the nature of the investigation".

Hardie made his debut for Scotland prior to the Rugby World Cup of 2015, playing in all but one of the matches in the tournament proper. He has since played 25 games for the capital outfit - with injury, worldwide commitment and, more recently, a drop in form limiting his game time.

The 29-year-old New Zealand born back row forward - who qualifies for the Scots through a Scottish grandmother - would have been a cornerstone of the squad for the Tests with Samoa, world champions New Zealand and Australia in November.

The New Zealand-born player did not travel with his Edinburgh team-mates to Russian Federation where they will take on Krasny Yar in a European Challenge Cup tie in Moscow today.

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