Samoa

Samoa skipper Treviranus - 'We can cope without Thompson'

Samoa skipper Ofisa Treviranus insists the Pacific Islanders can cope without experienced lock Kane Thompson when they kick off their World Cup campaign against the United States in Brighton.

The Newcastle Falcons second-rower was sent off in last month's warm-up clash with the Barbarians in London after punching hooker Saia Fainga'a.

Experienced lock Kane Thompson was handed a two-match ban for punching Barbarian hooker Saia Fainga'a

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Samoa lock Thompson banned for World Cup opener

Kane Thompson.

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Samoa lock Kane Thompson will miss his country's opening World Cup game after landing a two-match ban.

Thompson was sent off for striking Saia Fainga'a during last Saturday's encounter between Samoa and the Barbarians at the Olympic Stadium in London (watch highlights).

Thompson was suspended by independent judicial officer Simon Thomas following a hearing in London on Wednesday, World Rugby announced.

It means Thompson will miss Samoa's final World Cup warm-up fixture against Wasps in Coventry, plus the pool game against the United States in Brighton on September 20.

Team guide: Samoa

Will Samoa be celebrating in 2015?

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Squad:

Forwards: Viliamu Afatia, Jake Grey, Logovii Mulipola, Anthony Perenise, Sakaria Taulafo, Wayne Ole Avei, Manu Leiataua, Motu Matu'u, Faatiga Lemalu, Filo Paulo, Kane Thompson, Joe Tekori, Maurie Faasavalu, Alafoti Faosiliva, TJ Ioane, Jack Lam, Vavae Tuilagi, Ofisa Treviranus (c).

Backs: Vavao Afemai, Kahn Fotuali'i, Patrick Faapale, Tusiata Pisi, Mike Stanley, Rey Lee Lo, Johnny Leota, George Pisi, Paul Perez, Faatoina Autagavaia, Ken Pisi, Tim Nanai Williams, Alesana Tuilagi.