Following the 2011 NZI Sevens at the Westpac Stadium this evening, Samoa number 7 Lolo Lui was summoned to appear before a judicial hearing.
This followed his citing for kicking an England player John Brake in the Cup semi-final on Day Two of the NZI Sevens in Wellington.
Video footage showed the player chase the ball before deviating towards an English player who was prone and kicking him in the head.
Samoa’s Lolo Lui with New Zealand’s DJ Forbes in Dubai (Pic: Getty Images for HSBC/IRB)
Judicial Officer Nick Davidson QC said he found Lui’s actions were deliberate.
According to IRB rules, the entry level mid-range is eight weeks. However, Lui’s six-week suspension last year for a spear tackle counted against him in today’s hearing.
The presiding officer also found mitigating features in “his demonstration of genuine contrition and his lack of any attempt to qualify or seek to lessen his offending.”
Lol Lui was therefore suspended for the next seven Samoan games in the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Samoa are included in the line-up for the USA leg in Las Vegas on February 12-13.