Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu suspended for six weeks

Tolu Latu was cited after recently concluded Super Rugby game against Sunwolves
Tolu Latu was cited after recently concluded Super Rugby game against Sunwolves
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Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu has been handed a suspension after he was cited in the recently concluded Super Rugby game against Sunwolves at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium last weekend.

The Tonga-born Australian international was cited during the closing stage of the game when he was seen diving at the knee of Sunwolves flanker Ed Quirk.

The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee deemed that the action of Latu warranted a red card and was initially handed 10-week ban that was reduced by four weeks following his guilty plea and other mitigating factors.

“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,” a SANZAAR statement read.

“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.”

Latu will be available to play for Waratahs from 21st April.

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