San Francisco - A member of Samoa's Rugby World Cup Sevens
squad was suspended from the final day of play on Sunday after a post-match
fracas which left Welsh player Tom Williams with a tournament-ending injury,
Gordon Langkilde was benched for Samoa's games in the
consolation rounds at AT&T Park after a stormy end to Wales' 24-19 win over
the South Pacific islanders on Saturday.
"We can confirm 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," World Rugby said in a statement.
"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 the
Samoa player will remain provisionally suspended until the final conclusion of
A Welsh Rugby Union statement said Williams had been deemed
unfit to continue playing in the tournament following the tunnel incident.
"After medical assessment relating to the incident, Tom
Williams was ruled out of the match against Ireland," the union said in a
The exact nature of Williams' injury was not disclosed. One
report said the player had been left bleeding profusely following the
Wales were given special dispensation to replace Williams
with a 13th player, Will Talbot-Davies.
Wales player Luke Treharne said on Sunday the team had been
shocked by the incident.
"When it all comes out you'll see all the details of
it, but it's pretty shocking stuff," Treharne said, describing the bust-up
"Nothing really sparked it or anything, just
unprovoked. Nasty stuff to see," he said.
Wales were beaten 27-12 by Ireland in their Challenge
semi-final game but then defeated Canada 35-12 in their 11th place playoff tie.