Fiji flanker Waqaniburotu handed three week ban
Fiji flanker Dominiko Waqaniburotu will miss the last two World Cup pool games against Samoa and Wales after being banned for three weeks for a dangerous tackle.
The 25-year-old back-rower was cited for a spear tackle on Springbok full-back Patrick Lambie towards the end of South Africa's 49-3 victory in the Pool D clash in Wellington on Saturday.
Spear or tip tackling, where a player lifts an opponent into the air and returns them to the ground head first, is outlawed because of the potential for head injuries.
Waqaniburotu, who captained Fiji during the Pacific Nations Cup earlier this year, was spared a six-week ban because of "his admission, his excellent disciplinary record and remorse and the absence of aggravating factors", according to a Rugby World Cup statement.
The 25-year-old's World Cup is effectively over unless Fiji embark on an unlikely run to the last four as he will not be eligible to return until 10 October; the day after the completion of the quarter-finals.
Fiji play Samoa on 25 September and Waes in the final game of the pool on 2 October.
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