Latu was cited by governing physique SANZAAR on Sunday and appeared for a listening to on Monday night to reply a case for contravening Legislation 9.20 ‘Harmful play in a ruck or maul’, which states: “A participant should not cost right into a ruck or maul. Charging contains any contact made with out binding onto one other participant within the ruck or maul; A participant should not deliberately collapse a ruck or a maul.”
Latu’s offence was deemed an act of foul play and “merited a top-end entry level of 10 weeks as a result of vulnerability of the sufferer”.
Nevertheless, as a result of Latu pleaded responsible on the first out there alternative, SANZAAR’s foul play evaluate committee lowered the suspension to 6 weeks.
It’s a main blow for Latu and the Waratahs, whose entrance row is but to claim its dominance at scrum-time from matches in opposition to the Hurricanes and Sunwolves this season.
Whereas Latu’s suspension is for six weeks, he must sit on the sidelines for longer than that given the Waratahs have two byes (spherical three and and spherical 9) throughout that interval.
Latu will likely be eligible for choice within the Waratahs’ spherical 11 match in opposition to the Sharks on April 27.
The 26-year-old’s suspension will increase questions on whether or not ill-discipline ought to have an effect on his World Cup aspirations. Latu was yellow carded twice final yr whereas enjoying for the Wallabies and has been suspended at Tremendous Rugby stage earlier than.