EDINBURGH centre Mark Bennett and Glasgow Warriors prop Oli Kebble have both been suspended from playing for three weeks after being sent-off during last Friday night's 1872 Cup clash at Scotstoun. 

Bennett received his red card for a high tackle on Warriors scrum-half Ali Price, while Kebble got his marching orders when he swung his arm and caught Edinburgh scrum-half Henry Pyrgos on the side of the head. The entry point for both offences was six weeks, but 50 percent reductions were applied after consideration of all the evidence, meaning the players will miss the next three meaningful matches. 

That almost certainly means that the season is over for both players, unless their respective team manages to qualify for the Rainbow Cup Final. 

The two sending offs occurred after a 'captain's challenge', which is one of three law variations being trialled during this Rainbow Cup.  

Meanwhile, Japan have joined Australia and South Africa on Scotland’s Autumn Test schedule it has been announced, with the match scheduled to be played at Murrayfield on Saturday 20th November. 

It will be the Brave Blossoms’ second appearance at the national stadium inside the space of five months because they are also set to take on the British and Irish Lions there in a pre-tour match on 26th June. 

The last time Scotland faced Japan was in Yokohama at the 2019 World Cup, when the host nation booked their place in the knock-out stage of the tournament with a 28-21 victory. 

Kick-off times for all three Autumn games will be confirmed in due course, with individual match tickets scheduled to go on sale in July.