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Fiji 7s: Waisea Nacuqu Ruled Out Of 2018-19 World Sevens Series

Referee missed Aussie foul play that fractured Nacuqu's collarbone
04 Mar 2019 11:39
Fiji 7s:  Waisea Nacuqu Ruled Out Of 2018-19 World Sevens Series
Fiji Airways Fijian Sevens playmaker Waisea Nacuqu cops a high shot from Australian skipper Lewis Holland at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas on March 3, 2019. Nacuqu left the field with a fractured collarbone in the opening minutes. Holland stayed on and played a key part in Australia’s win. Photo: Ian Muir

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep Waisea Nacuqu has been ruled out of the 2018-19 World Sevens Series, which ends in Paris on June 1-2.

The experienced playmaker returns home tomorrow after his collarbone was fractured. He had to leave the field in the opening minutes of the deciding pool match against Australia at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas yesterday.

The referee missed the high hit by Australian skipper Lewis Holland, who was later cited and suspended for three games by World Rugby.

Australia won 26-15 and Fiji later lost the Cup quarterfinal 14-19 to New Zealand.

“Nacuqu fractured his collarbone and will be out for 3-4 months. He returns on Tuesday,” Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said.

Judicial officer Jim Russell (USA) considered the Australian tackle to be a mid-range offence which carries an entry point of six matches which was later reduced to three.

The Gareth Baber–coached side will defend the Canada Sevens at BC Place in Vancouver this weekend.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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