Scottish Rugby bans flanker John Hardie for three months
The Scotland and Edinburgh player was charged with 'gross misconduct'.
Scottish Rugby has imposed a three-month ban on Scotland and Edinburgh flanker John Hardie for "gross misconduct".
The 29-year-old had been suspended since October pending the outcome of an investigation and the governing body has now imposed the ban as part of what it says is "a range of sanctions"
It has been widely reported that Hardie's suspension was triggered by the alleged use of cocaine, however Scottish Rugby are refusing to provide any detail whatsoever on what he's done wrong.
The three-month suspension is backdated to the beginning of his suspension, meaning Hardie can return to action in the middle of January. It's understood he will not train with Edinburgh during his suspension and while he would be eligible for the Six Nations squad his selection would be surprising given lack of game time.
An Edinburgh Rugby spokesperson said: "John has cooperated with the disciplinary process throughout.
"He has acknowledged the serious mistake he has made as a professional athlete and has accepted full responsibility for his conduct.
"It has been made clear that we are not prepared to tolerate the behaviour which caused this situation.
"Support will be provided to the player by Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish Rugby on a personal and professional level throughout the period of his suspension and going forward."
Hardie said: "I would like to apologise to everyone for putting myself in this situation.
"Through my actions I feel I have let my club, my teammates and the fans down. I want to acknowledge the support I have had from Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish Rugby in dealing with the issue.
"I am now focused on putting myself in the best possible position to be considered for selection again."