3 Sep 2015

Sport: Kane Thompson to miss Samoa's World Cup opener

12:05 pm on 3 September 2015

Kane Thompson will miss Samoa's opening Rugby World Cup match against the United States following his sending off against the Barbarians at the weekend.

The 33 year old will also miss this weekend's final warm-up clash against Wasps, after being suspended for two games by an independent judicial officer.

Manu Samoa forward, Kane Thompson

Manu Samoa forward, Kane Thompson Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Thompson was shown a red card by referee John Lacey in the first quarter of Samoa's defeat to the Barbarians at London's Olympic Stadium, for punching hooker Saia Faingaa.

He will be free to play again in Samoa's second World Cup pool match against South Africa in Birmingham on September the 26th.

Thompson has 48 hours to appeal the decision.