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Rugby World Cup: Second Samoan receives three-game ban



Samoa have lost another player for their next three World Cup matches.

Hooker Motu Matu'u was banned for three games by an independent judicial committee for a dangerous tackle in his side's win over Russia earlier this week.

He joins team-mate Rey Lee-Lo on the suspended list after Lee-Lo suffered the same punishment for an almost identical offense.

Samoa's Motu Matu'u leaves the field after being shown a yellow card.

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Samoa's Motu Matu'u leaves the field after being shown a yellow card.

Because Matu'u was concussed in the incident, Monday's key match against Scotland will not count towards his punishment. He failed a head injury assessment and did not return to the match after halftime and was already unavailable to play Scotland in Kobe due to concussion protocols.

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He misses their other pool games against Japan and Ireland, as well as a quarterfinal if Manu Samoa makes the knockout rounds.

Matu'u was shown a yellow card for the tackle on Russian captain Vasily Artemyev on Tuesday, which came just two minutes after Lee-Lo was also sent to the bin for a high tackle on the fullback.


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