Following him being cited for foul play against USA, Paula Ngauamo admitted that he had kicked his opponent in the face and accepted this was at least mid-range offending as he had made contact with his opponent’s head.
The independent Judicial Committee agreed and applied World Rugby’s mandatory minimum mid-range entry point which resulted in an eight-week suspension.
Taking into account the mitigating factors that are considered in relation to sanction, including the player’s early admission and disciplinary record, the committee reduced the eight-week entry point by one week, resulting in a sanction of seven weeks.
Ngauamo is returning to Tonga today prior to resuming club duty with Agen in the Top 14. He will be suspended for his next seven weeks of club rugby on his return to France.
This is interesting - Tongan player Paula Ngauamo was cited for kicking an opponent (law 9.12 - foul play) when they played the USA. He admitted the act, and agreed that it merited a red card. The Panel accepted that the incident was reckless rather than dangerous, 1/— Nicks Johnston (@nicksjj) October 15, 2019