Five-week ban for Luamanu

Date published: November 9 2016

Harlequins back-row Mat Luamanu has been suspended for five weeks after being found guilty of making a dangerous tackle against Exeter.

The charge against him for dangerous tackling, contrary to Law 10.4(e), was heard in London on Tuesday and Luamanu pleaded not guilty.

He is free to play again on December 13.

The back-row received a yellow card from referee Craig Evans in last weekend’s Anglo-Welsh Cup match for a dangerous tackle on Will Hooley. He was subsequently cited by the Independent Citing Commissioner. The incident occurred in the first-half of the match.

Chairman of the RFU discipline panel, Sir James Dingemans said: “The panel upheld the citing, concluding that Mathew Luamanu had committed a dangerous tackle because he had made contact with his head, having been reckless within the meaning of RFU Regulation 19.11.8(b) and Appendix 5. The panel imposed a suspension of five weeks.”

The panel comprised of Sir James Dingemans (chairman), Michael Short and Becky Essex.