Kerslake and Levi injuries hit Samoa

Samoa head coach Michael Jones is counting the cost of injuries suffered during warm-up games in England ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

The Samoans have already lost prop Donald Kerslake to a rib injury and may lose lock Filipo Levi to an eye injury.

Jones, speaking at his team’s first press conference in Nanterre, Paris, on Saturday, was philosophical but clearly anhappy at the disruption.

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

“We had three warm-up games against Harlequins, Northampton and Sale. Donald broke his ribs at our second game in England (against Northampton) and he has already gone home.

“We will potentially lose Filipo Levi, who was hurt in the game against Sale.

“He is in London in hospital after an operation yesterday on a fractured eye socket.

“We are waiting to hear about Filipo and will decide later tonight about possible replacements.”


365 Digital

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