Walker ban after alleged bust-up
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.