RFU Disciplinary Hearing: Tatafu Polota-Nau
An Independent Disciplinary Panel convened on Tuesday 8 October 2019, to deal with the case of Tatafu Polota-Nau of Leicester Tigers FC. The case was dealt with on the papers only in the absence of the Player by agreement with the Club.
Polota-Nau was charged with dangerous tackling, contrary to Law 9.13. The tackle against Bath Rugby player William Chudley took place in the second half of the match between Bath Rugby and Leicester Tigers FC on 5th October 2019.
Polota-Nau was given a three-week suspension by the panel, chaired by Richard Whittam QC, and is free to play from 29 October 2019.
Panel chair Richard Whittam QC said: “The player accepted that he had committed an act of foul play in tackling a player high, making contact to the top of his chest/bottom of the neck.
“In accepting the charge, the player acknowledged that the mandatory mid-range entry point would apply.
“The player was entitled to mitigation for his early acceptance of the charge, his clean record over an impressive rugby career, his genuine remorse for the injury caused and his off-field contributions to the local community. The panel allowed the full 50% reduction resulting in a sanction of three weeks.”
For the 2019/2020 sanctions table (RFU Regulation 19 Appendix 2) please click here.