Samoan Alesana Tuilagi suspended for five weeks

Samoa winger Alesana Tuilagi has been suspended for five weeks for an act of foul play during the Rugby World Cup game against Japan, organisers said on Wednesday.

Tuilagi struck Japan's Harumichi Tatekawa with his knee in the second minute of the Pool B match on Sunday.

He denied the act of foul play but was found guilty by the citing commissioner and will miss Samoa's last match against Scotland at St James' Park on Sunday.

Samoa cannot reach the quarter-finals after losses to Japan and South Africa in Pool B.