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Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu cops six-week suspension for foul play

Tolu Latu has long tread a fine line when it comes to on-field discipline Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

NSW Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu has copped a six-week suspension after he pleaded guilty to a SANZAAR charge of foul play.

Latu was charged with dangerous play in a ruck and maul during the 79th minute of the Waratahs' 31-30 win over the Sunwolves in Tokyo.

Video footage appeared to show the Wallabies rake launching himself into a ruck in which Sunwolves back-rower Ed Quirk suffered a serious leg injury.

SANZAAR's Foul Play Review Chairman Adam Casselden ruled the offence as worthy of 10 weeks but Latu's suspension was reduced to six due to an guilty plea.

"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," Casselden said via a SANZAAR media release.

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."

Latu will be eligible for the Waratahs' clash with the Sharks in Sydney the following week.