Top Samoan player faces ban for Scotland game

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Samoa wing Alesana Tuilagi will miss Saturday’s World Cup meeting with Scotland after receiving a five week suspension as a result of foul play.

Japan’s Harumichi Tatekawa was struck by the 34-year-old Newcastle Falcons back’s knee in the second minute of Samoa’s Pool B defeat at the weekend.

The Scotland side are set to enter the quarter-finals of the competition following a win against the Pacific Islanders, who are already eliminated.

Tuilagi’s suspension means he will also forgo Newcastle’s first four English Premiership games.

The ban will be lifted on 10 November after the Falcons have faced Gloucester, Northampton, Exeter and Worcester.

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