Cardiff Blues centre Rey Lee-Lo is set to miss Samoa’s World Cup qualifying play-off against Germany after picking up a six week ban for a high tackle.
The 31-year-old had been due to line up for Manu Samoa in Apia this weekend, but will now have to watch on as his team-mates try to secure the country’s place at Japan 2019 over the two legged encounter, with the return game against the Germans taking place in two weeks.
New Zealand’s ‘1 News’, the TV arm of ‘TVNZ’, mentioned the Lee-Lo ban in a story regarding the Samoan Prime Minister, who is also in charge of the Samoan Rugby Union, after he stated the national team had ‘no guts’.
This comes on the back of nine straight test defeats, including two in the recent Pacific Nations Cup, whereby Samoa lost to Fiji and Tonga on the way to finishing bottom of the table.
It must have been in the game against Fiji in the opening week where Lee-Lo made the high tackle, as he did not feature in the loss to Tonga for what was intially thought to have been a head injury after the centre took a high shot himself during the game which earned Akapusi Qera a yellow card.
However, a foot note in the news story stated “Fuimaono (Titimaea Tafua, Samoa coach) said Cardiff Blues centre Reynold Lee-Lo had been banned for six weeks for a late, high shot during the Pacific Nations Cup.”
Hopefully for Cardiff Blues the ban will not follow that of Ross Moriarty’s, who misses the first week of the Guinness Pro14 after being sent off for Wales against Argentina, and Lee-Lo will serve his suspension this summer before being available to John Mulvihill in September.