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Fiji's Tuisova set for surgery and long spell out after injury against England

By Josh Raisey
Josua Tuisova of Fiji, Semi Radradra of Fiji are dispointed after losing the match during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between Wales and Fiji at Stade de Bordeaux on September 10, 2023 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Hans van der Valk/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Fiji and Racing 92 centre Josua Tuisova is set to be out for “several months” after picking up an injury to his left knee against England on Sunday in the World Cup quarter-final at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.

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The 29-year-old is set to undergo surgery in the coming days, which will delay his debut for his new club having joined them from Lyon over the summer.

The Parisian club were not afraid to point the finger of blame and England flanker Tom Curry in a statement this week, where they accused the openside of injuring their centre with a “violent tackle” in the first-half of their knockout encounter. Tuisova battled on throughout the match though, eventually being substituted with ten minutes remaining as Fiji came away 30-24 losers.

A Racing 92 statement reads (translated on Google): “Josua Tuisova, Fijian center for Racing 92, suffers from a serious left knee sprain requiring surgery in the coming days. This injury will keep him away from the field for several months.

“Racing 92 wishes Josua Tuisova a speedy recovery and shows him all its support during this period.”

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Ralph 236 days ago

England should be grateful Fiji did not succumb to the temptation of 5th tier type tackling (lol). Perhaps this was the only way England could beat Fiji. As the song so aptly put it ‘Fiji was on fire’ this world Cup.

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Tony 237 days ago

Difficult (and am I being objective?) but on the basis that the referees are obviously really trying not to be card happy I think a penalty only was correct. Curry went in at ankle height outside the 22 (ie well away from the red zone) and head on, and where if he had got his arms around would have made no difference to the outcome.

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Ben 237 days ago

Curry should have been carded for no hands in tackle, was extremely dangerous, cannot believe he wasn’t cited after game.

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