Queensland Reds winger Filipo Daugunu has appeared before an independent Judicial Officer in Sydney today after being issued with a red card during his team’s pre-season trial match against Melbourne Rebels at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone last Friday.
Daugunu appeared at the hearing via videolink after being charged with a breach of Law 9.18 of the Laws of the Game: A player must not lift an opponent off the ground and drop or drive that player so that their head and/or upper body make contact with the ground.
Judicial Officer, Adam Casselden SC issued Daugunu with a suspension of five (5) matches after he had entered a plea of guilty to the breach.
The Judicial Officer assessed the breach as meriting a mid-range entry point, which carries a 10-week suspension, however Daugunu received the full 50% reduction available under World Rugby regulations due to his early guilty plea, remorse and other mitigating factors. He is available to play again in Round 5 of the 2020 Vodafone Super Rugby season.
Daugunu was represented by Mark Martin QC and Queensland Reds General Manager Professional Rugby, Sam Cordingley.