Samoa’s Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has been suspended from all participation in rugby for an indefinite period following his non-attendance at a misconduct hearing in Auckland today. The Gloucester centre, who took to his Twitter account to make comments about Welsh referee Nigel Owens after Samoa’s defeat to South Africa on Friday, will not be able to play again until he attends the hearing, which is to be conducted by England’s Jeff Blackett.
Italy’s Leonardo Ghiraldini has been banned for 15 weeks for gouging during the Ireland v Italy match on Sunday. The hooker admitted to the charges but denied that his actions were deliberate. The length of the ban was cut down from 24 weeks due to Ghiraldini’s previous clean record. He is allowed to return to action on January 18th 2012.
England’s Manu Tuilagi has been fined NZ$10,000 (£5,000) by the IRB for wearing a sponsored gumshield during England’s wins over Georgia. His older brother, Samoan winger Alesana, was also fined for the same offence earlier in the tournament.
Ireland have called up the uncapped Munster hooker, Michael Sherry, as cover for Rory Best, who suffered a shoulder injury on Sunday against Italy.
Marc Lievremont is continuing with Morgan Parra at fly-half for France’s quarter-final against England on Saturday. The Clermont back, who usually plays in the number 9 jersey, pairs up with Dimitri Yachvili once more in a side which has two changes from the one that lost to Tonga in the last round of the pool matches. Number 8, Imanol Harinordoquy returns to the back of the scrum, while the front row is boosted by Nicolas Mas starting at tighthead.