John Hardie back in Scotland squad to face Ireland after three-month ban

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• ‘He has had time off, been helped and focus now is on rugby’
• Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson give boost to Ireland

As Scotland look to end a wretched sequence of results outside Murrayfield in the Six Nations, they have called up the flanker John Hardie for the first time since he completed a three-month ban for allegedly taking cocaine.

The 29-year old, whose last international appearance was against Fiji in June, is one of 10 players added to the squad by the Scotland head coach, Gregor Townsend, for Saturday’s match against Ireland in Dublin, with the second-row Richie Gray, the prop Zander Fagerson, the wing Byron McGuigan and the hooker Fraser Brown among the others.

Related: Stars, drama and upsets: what to expect in Six Nations’ final straight | Gerard Meagher

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