Rugby World Cup 2015: Alesana Tuilagi banned for Scotland game

Samoa wing Alesana Tuilagi
Alesana Tuilagi was cited after facing Japan
Rugby World Cup Pool B: Samoa v Scotland
Date: Saturday, 10 October Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle Kick-off: 14:30 BST
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland & 5 live; live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Samoa wing Alesana Tuilagi will miss Saturday's World Cup meeting with Scotland after being suspended for five weeks for an act of foul play.

The 34-year-old Newcastle Falcons back struck Japan's Harumichi Tatekawa with his knee in the second minute of Samoa's Pool B defeat at the weekend.

Samoa have confirmed that they will appeal against the punishment however.

A win against the Pacific Islanders, who are already eliminated, will take the Scots into the quarter-finals.

Tuilagi will also miss Newcastle's first four English Premiership games.

Falcons face Gloucester, Northampton, Exeter and Worcester before he is free to play on 10 November.

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