Cardiff Blues centre Rey Lee-Lo has been ruled out of Manu Samoa’s remaining Rugby World Cup pool matches after being banned for three matches.
The 32-year-old was cited for a dangerous tackle in his country’s win over Russia earlier in the week, for which he received a yellow card at the time, and went before a disciplinary panel in Tokyo on Thursday evening.
The panel decided the tackle should have warranted a red card, and although the Russian ball carrier had changed height prior to contact, it was not sufficient enough to downgrade the punishment from a red to a yellow card.
It was decided that the offence warranted a mid-range entry point of six matches, but due to Lee-Lo’s disciplinary record, good character and conduct at the hearing, the sanction was reduced to three matches.
Lee-Lo will be free to play again at midnight on Saturday 12th October. Should Samoa not qualify for the knockout stages he may be available to play for Cardiff Blues as early as Glasgow away on that 12th, but is more likely to make his first appearance for us away at Ulster on Friday 25th October.