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World Rugby To Investigate Incident Which Left Welsh Player ‘Bleeding Heavily’

World Rugby are currently investigating an alleged assault which left Wales’ Tom Williams with facial injuries during the Rugby World Cup Sevens which took place at San Francisco’s AT&T Park over the weekend. 

The incident occurred in the tunnel after Wales’ 24-19 win over Samoa. Williams was reported to be ‘bleeding heavily’ due to the incident which is currently being investigated by police.

Gordon Langkilde has been provisionally suspended by Samoa and according to Mail Sport, Langkilde allegedly set on a number of Welsh players in the tunnel after the game.

Williams’ Wales teammate Luke Treharne described what happened:

“It was a shock,” Treharne said in quotes from Mail Sport.

“I am not sure how much I can say but a couple of our boys were pretty seriously injured at the end of it, and the police are involved.

“When everything comes out you will see all the details of it – it is pretty shocking stuff. The boys used it as a bit of motivation today.

“All the boys were there so we all knew about it straight away.”

Williams was unable to play in the Challenge Cup semi-final which they lost to Ireland but they did finish their World Cup campaign on a high by beating Canada.

World Rugby have released a statement about the incident:

World Rugby can confirm that 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.

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 it would be inappropriate to make any further comment until the conclusion of that process. The Samoa player will remain provisionally suspended until the final conclusion of that process.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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