Waratahs to appeal suspensions

Date published: May 25 2015

The Waratahs plan to appeal the suspensions handed down to Tolu Latu and Will Skelton after they were banned for a lifting tackle on Sam Whitelock.

Latu was shown a yellow card after the incident, with both players cited and consequently suspended after pleading not guilty following an initial hearing.

The Waratahs officials and legal representatives who were in attendance said they were surprised and disappointed with the outcome of the hearing.

“Without going into lengthy detail on the hearing the fact that our legal representatives have recommended that we appeal these decisions speaks for itself,” said Waratahs CEO Greg Harris.

“We would not be intending to pursue this course of action unless we were of the opinion that both players were entitled to have their situations reconsidered by the Appeal Committee.

“Our intentions are to appeal the decision however we will wait until we receive the written report from SANZAR before doing so.”

The Waratahs CEO also confirmed that Will Skelton would be travelling with the team to South Africa tomorrow and was optimistic that following the appeal he will be cleared to play.

“It is critical to the team, the club and our supporters that we leave no stone unturned in our campaign to make the finals."