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No Fifita for game against the Springboks

NEWS: Tonga’s Vaea Fifita will miss the next two World Cup games, against South Africa and Romania, following his disciplinay for the red card he received.


Fifita shoulder-charged Scotland’s Finn Russell in a ruck near the end of a pool match that Scotland won 45-17 on Sunday in Nice.

The yellow card he received was Fifita was upgraded to red after the match by a bunker review. At his judicial hearing on Tuesday, Fifita admitted to foul play but challenged the red card.

The panel said it was always illegal and there was no mitigation. The charge was reckless with a high degree of danger, the panel added.

It started the sanction at six matches and removed two for Fifita’s remorse and disciplinary record.

His four-game ban included the Pool B games against South Africa on Sunday and Romania on October 8, and two club games for Scarlets.

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