PARIS, 1 October – Following a RWC 2007 judicial hearing, the judicial officer Christopher Quinlan upheld the citing complaint and found New Zealand number 8 Sione Lauaki breached Law 10.4(e) and committed a dangerous tackle during the New Zealand v Romania match played on Saturday, 29 September in Toulouse.
In categorising the seriousness of the offence, the judicial officer decided the tackle was reckless, it was not affected with any intention to harm the opposing player and caused no injury. Accordingly, he determined the offence merited a low-end entry point.
The judicial officer concluded there were no aggravating features.
However, in 2005 the player was suspended for two weeks for a dangerous tackle. That factor, combined with the fact that he did not acknowledge culpability, led the judicial officer to conclude the player's personal mitigation was not such as to merit a reduction from the low-end entry point, namely a two-week suspension. Accordingly, the judicial officer imposed a suspension of two weeks.
Sione Lauaki is free to play on 15, October, 2007 and has 48 hours to appeal.