Walker ban af­ter al­leged bust-up

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FOR­MER Ospreys star Nikki Walker has been sus­pended by the Scot­tish Rugby Union fol­low­ing an al­leged late-night dis­pute at a bar in a north Wales hol­i­day re­sort.

The in­ci­dent al­legedly took place in Llan­dudno two days be­fore Scot­land’s young­sters crashed to a 36-3 de­feat to Wales Un­der-20 in Col­wyn Bay.

Ex-Scot­land winger Walker, fel­low as­sis­tant coach Ben Fisher and team man­ager Andy Miller are among mem­bers of the back-room staff placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by their gov­ern­ing body.

There was al­legedly a dis­agree­ment with an­other group of peo­ple in a bar. None of the Scot­land U20 staff were ar­rested but a phys­io­ther­a­pist was re­port­edly taken to hos­pi­tal to be treated for in­juries.

Scot­land U20 head coach Ste­vie Scott, a for­mer in­ter­na­tional and ex-Ed­in­burgh hooker, wasn’t at the bar and is thought to have been un­aware of his col­leagues’ in­ten­tions to leave the team ho­tel. Ac­cord­ing to BBC Scot­land the SRU is be­lieved to be sat­is­fied its em­ploy­ees were not the ag­gres­sors but will ques­tion why they ex­posed them­selves to such a sit­u­a­tion in the lead-up to the kick off of the U20 Six Na­tions.

“Scot­tish Rugby is cur­rently con­duct­ing an in­ter­nal dis­ci­plinary process in­volv­ing mem­bers of the Scot­land U-20s coach­ing team and back-room staff,” said a state­ment from the gov­ern­ing body.

“The group are sus­pended un­til the dis­ci­plinary process has con­cluded and, in the in­terim, their roles will be taken on by ap­pro­pri­ate staff. Scot­tish Rugby will make no fur­ther com­ment at this time.”

Scot­land U20s hosted their French coun­ter­parts in Glas­gow last week­end, con­ced­ing nine tries as they crashed to a 69-17 de­feat to prop up the ta­ble.

Walker spent five sea­sons with the Ospreys, as a then starstud­ded squad pock­eted two Celtic League ti­tles and lifted the An­glo-Welsh Cup by beat­ing a full-strength Le­ices­ter Tigers in the fi­nal at Twick­en­ham.

He made 103 ap­pear­ances for the Lib­erty Sta­dium out­fit, scor­ing 37 tries be­fore leav­ing in 2011 to join Worces­ter War­riors. Walker was capped 24 times by Scot­land, cross­ing the white­wash on six oc­ca­sions.

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