Samoan Levi ruled out of World Cup

Samoa’s World Cup prospects took another severe blow when it was confirmed on Monday that stalwart lock forward Filipo Levi has been ruled out of the global showpiece after undergoing eye surgery at the weekend.

Samoan team manager Kenape Tu’unau confirmed that Levi had become the second player to be ruled out of the tournament.

The withdrawal of Levi, who suffered the injury in Samoa’s 26-7 World Cup warm-up win against Sale last week, follows that of prop Donald Kerslake, who broke ribs in the 24-21 warm-up win against Northampton two weeks ago.

Levi and Kerslake has been replaced by Taniela Fuga and Alfie Vaeluaga.

Samoa’s first World Cup match is against South Africa in Pool A on Sunday, September 9, in Paris.

Samoa head coach Michael Jones was philosophical but clearly unhappy at the disruption.

“There’s always a risk with warm-up games,” he said.

 

365 Digital

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