Manu Sevens player suspended after altercation with Welsh player

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Gordon Langkilde.

Gordon Langkilde. (Photo: James Atoa)

Manu Samoa Sevens player, Gordon Langkilde, has been suspended following an alleged incident at the tunnel area after Samoa lost to Wales at the Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by World Rugby.

“World Rugby can confirm that a Samoa player has been provisionally suspended from Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 following an initial investigation into an alleged incident in the tunnel area after a match between Samoa and Wales at AT&T Park on Saturday,” the statement reads.

“The alleged behaviour is not aligned with the sport’s values and the excellent spirit in which this competition has been played by the 40 participating teams.

“World Rugby has instigated an investigation and it would be inappropriate to make any further comment until the conclusion of that process. 

“The Samoa player will remain provisionally suspended until the final conclusion of that process.”

Reports from San Francisco said Wales player, Tom Williams, missed the Rugby World Cup Sevens final day through injury after an altercation with Langkilde.

The incident arose in the tunnel after Samoa lost to Wales in extra time.

Wales were allowed to bring in Will Talbot-Davies to replace Williams but were still defeated by Ireland 27-12 in the Challenge Trophy semi-final on the final day.

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