6 Nov 2014

Sport: Samoan prop Anae suspended for three weeks

9:02 am on 6 November 2014

Manu Samoa have lost a frontrower for their northern tour over ill-discipline.

Former Queensland Reds prop Albert Anae has been ruled out of the tour after being red carded for punching Fijian tryscorer Nikola Matawalu during his club side Bennetton Treviso's loss to Glasgow.

Manu Samoa manager Namulauulu Sami Leota says the team have brought Bordeaux's Albert Patrick Toetu into the squad to replace the uncapped Anae.

"He was red-carded at the weekend and he's been given a three week suspension after the judiciary hearing. In that case we have to bring another prop. We have enough props, four props at the moment, to cater for the test match on Saturday but under the IRB requirements we need to carry at least five props on tour."

Namulauulu says Leicester's Aniseko Sio will likely join the team. Samoa plays Italy this weekend.

Samoan prop Albert Anae

Samoan prop Albert Anae Photo: PHOTOSPORT