In a thrilling quarter-final clash between England and Fiji at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, accusations of a dangerous tackle have marred England’s victory. Steve Borthwick’s team secured a hard-fought 30-24 win against the Pacific Islanders, earning them a spot in the semi-finals against South Africa in Paris. However, the triumph was overshadowed by a controversial incident involving England flanker Tom Curry and Fijian star Josua Tuisova.
Midway through the first half, with England leading 8-0, Curry made a tackle on Tuisova that appeared to be high and without the use of arms, resulting in a penalty and three points for Fiji. Despite scrutiny from the Television Match Official (TMO), Curry escaped further punishment, leaving the Fijian center nursing a knee injury.
Racing 92, Tuisova’s club in the Top 14 league, expressed their concerns about the incident in a statement. They described the tackle as “violent,” emphasizing that Curry failed to use his arms, causing injury to Tuisova’s left knee. The severity of the injury requires consultations with specialists to determine the extent of Tuisova’s recovery period. Racing 92 conveyed their well-wishes for his swift recuperation and pledged their support during his rehabilitation.
Tuisova, affectionately known as the “Human Bulldozer,” demonstrated remarkable courage by continuing to play in the World Cup despite a personal tragedy. He lost his seven-year-old son, Tito, to a prolonged illness, receiving the devastating news just hours before Fiji’s match against Georgia. Tuisova chose to remain with his team, missing his son’s funeral as a result. His exceptional performance against Australia, where he was named the man of the match, played a vital role in Fiji’s journey to their first World Cup quarter-final since 2007.
Having made a name for himself in French rugby since 2013, Tuisova initially played for Toulon, winning two European titles with them. After six successful years, he joined Lyon before moving to Racing 92 earlier this year. His resilience and talent have made him a key player for both club and country.
The controversy surrounding Curry’s tackle has raised questions about the decision-making process and refereeing standards in the tournament. As the rugby community discusses this incident, the focus remains on Tuisova’s recovery, with fans and teammates eagerly awaiting his return to the field.