Manu Samoa winger Ed Fidow free to play

Ed Fidow is free to play his part in the rest of Samoa’s Rugby World Cup campaign.

It comes after a Judicial committee gave him the green light on Wednesday.

Having received a red card for two yellow card offences against Scotland in Samoa’s loss on Monday night, Fidow faced a disciplinary hearing in Tokyo.

The committee determined the red card he was given during the game was enough punishment.

They decided that since his first yellow card was for a technical offence (coming in from the side of the maul, which resulted in a penalty try).

They also decided that a second yellow card was for a minor act of foul play that only warranted a yellow card because it prevented a try being scored (sliding knee-first into Scotland wing Sean Maitland as he attempted to ground the ball, also a penalty try).

The decision is some welcome respite for the Manu, who had already watched Rey Lee-Lo and Motu Matu’u (who appealed unsuccessfully) be given three-match bans during the World Cup.

Losing winger Fidow would have drained Samoa’s backline depth further, with Lee-Lo’s absence and an injury cloud over Ah See Tuala already limiting the team.

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