SCOTLAND prop Zander Fagerson will discover his World Cup fate at a disciplinary hearing today, and head coach Gregor Townsend insists that there was no malice involved.

Fagerson was sent off in the 50th minute of Scotland’s comeback victory over France at Scottish Gas Murrayfield on Saturday following a high challenge on Les Bleus hooker Pierre Bourgarit.

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The Glasgow player was penalised for dangerous play by charging into a ruck and with two warm-up games left before Scotland kick off their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Marseille on September 10, he is in danger of missing at least part of the tournament.

The 27-year-old will attend the hearing via video conference before an independent judicial committee consisting of chairman Mike Hamlin, a former Gloucester player and referee and retired lawyer, former Dragons and Scarlets player Jamie Corsi and former international referee Juan Pablo Spirandelli of Argentina.

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Fagerson was initially yellow-carded before having his punishment upgraded to a red a few minutes later after a review via the newly-implemented bunker system.

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend said after the game: “If it’s a timing issue or a height issue, yes, we have to make sure that we don’t get those head knocks, head collisions but there was no malice or foul play.

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“It’s more from the rugby incident of mistiming on a ruck clear so we just have to hope that the judiciary see it the same as what we see.”

Fagerson was handed a four-game ban after being sent off following a similar incident against Wales in the 2021 Six Nations, but Townsend does not believe this offence was as severe.