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Six Aussies stood down after binge

SIX Australian rugby players have been stood down for this weekend's clash with Scotland and a further nine have been sanctioned over a booze binge in Dublin last week.

Nick Cummins, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson and Liam Gill will not play at Murrayfield this weekend, while Paddy Ryan will serve his ban next week against Wales a week later, because the Wallabies are required to have four props on the bench.

Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Saia Fainga'a, Bernard Foley and Nick Phipps were handed written sanctions, while Scott Fardy, Mike Harris, Ben McCalman and Nic White were reprimanded verbally but will be availabe for the Scottish game.

The incident occured last Tuesday night when players went out to dinner in Dublin ahead of a day off on Wednesday and according to Australian head coach Ewen McKenzie, consumed "inappropriate levels of alcohol".



A stunning first-half display from full-back Willie le Roux, when he scored one try and set up another for JP Pietersen, helped South Africa to a comfortable 28-0 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.



Italy centre Luca Morisi had surgery to remove his spleen after being injured in a tackle early in his side's 37-31 win over Fiji in Cremona on Saturday.

The match was notable for Fiji having five players yellow-carded.