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The Waratahs will be without their hooker Silatolu Latu for six weeks of Super rugby due to suspension for dangerous play in his team’s match against the Sunwolves.

As per Sanzaar rules the for matter to be dispensed with at this hearing, the person appearing must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the Foul Play Review Committee.

As a result the SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee accepted a guilty plea from Silatolu Latu of the Waratahs for contravening Law Law 9.20 Dangerous play in a ruck or maul, after he was cited.

The incident occurred in the 79th minute of the match between the Sunwolves and Waratahs played at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo on 23 April 2019.

The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee of Adam Casselden SC (Chairman), Eroni Clarke and Stefan Terblanche assessed the case.

In his finding, Foul Play Review Committee Chairman Adam Casselden SC ruled the following:

“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Hugh Sommerville, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the citing under Law 9.20a.”

“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a top-end entry point of 10 weeks due to the vulnerability of the victim, the gravity of the offence and the extent of the injury caused to the victim. However, taking into account mitigating factors including Player’s expressed remorse, the fact his most recent Judicial offence was 3 years ago and the player’s guilty plea at the first available opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 6 weeks.”

“The player is therefore suspended for 6 weeks, up to and including Saturday 20 April 2019.”

All SANZAAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to the Foul Play Review Committee to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.

Latu has been suspended from all forms of the game for 6 weeks, up to and including Saturday 20 April 2019.

Foul Play Review Committee: Adam Casselden SC (Chairman), Eroni Clarke and Stefan Terblanche
Player: Silatolu Latu
Team: Waratahs
Position: Hooker
Date of Incident: 23 February 2019
Nature of Offence: Law 9.20 Dangerous play in a ruck or maul; a.) A player must not charge into a ruck or maul. Charging includes any contact made without binding onto another player in the ruck or maul.
Elapsed time in match when offence occurred: 79th minute

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