European Championship: Ban for Scotland's Billy McConnachie

Ipswich Jets' Billy McConnachie scores a try
Billy McConnachie scored a try against Newcastle

Australia-born prop Billy McConnachie's hopes of making his Scotland debut in the 2015 European Championship have been hit by suspension.

McConnachie was given a two-match ban for punching during Ipswich Jets' 26-12 win over Newcastle Knights in Sunday's State Championship in Sydney.

He will miss games against Wales next Friday and Ireland a week later.

But coach Steve McCormack will consider McConnachie for selection in the final fixture against France.

McConnachie, who qualifies through his Scottish grandfather, scored a try in Jets' 26-12 victory and escaped punishment during the match for a punch on Jake Mamo.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh Eagles' Craig Borthwick, Sheffield Eagles' Mitch Stringer and Workington's Brett Carter, who all also missed out last year, have withdrawn from the Scotland squad.

So has uncapped Wakefield Wildcats forward Jon Molloy, which means the Bravehearts will defend their title with virtually the same group of players.

Wakefield Wildcats' Jon Molloy
Wakefield Wildcats' Jon Molloy has withdrawn from the Scotland squad

Scotland have lost two of last season's winners - Workington brothers Brett and Callum Phillips.

They have been replaced with two of their team-mates from 2014 - Easterhouse Panthers utility back Louis Senter and University of Gloucestershire All Golds prop Joe McLean.

McCormack said: "Having a few withdrawals through injuries, suspensions and other reasons isn't ideal, but we are used to it happening.

"It gives younger players that have come through our pathway a great opportunity to play for Scotland.

"We still have the core of the team that has represented us outstandingly well over the last few years, so they know what we are all about and how to be successful.

"That should rub off on the young lads coming into the squad."

McCormack was forced to cancel a planned training sessionon Sunday due to having so many players involved in the play-offs over the weekend.

However, captain Danny Brough came through Huddersfield's semi-final defeat at Wigan unscathed.

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