Verdict revealed on Samoa skipper’s appeal ahead of semi-final clash with England in Rugby League World Cup

Samoa skipper Junior Paulo will be available to play in their first ever Rugby League World Cup semi-final.

This comes after his one-match ban was overturned tonight after an appeal.

He was initially banned for striking as teammate and star fullback Joseph Suaali’i escaped a ban for raising his knee in a tackle.

However, he will now play at the Emirates Stadium as both sides battle for a place in the World Cup Final at Old Trafford on the 19th November.

In a statement made by the World Cup, confirmation of Paulo’s successful appeal was made:

“Samoa’s Junior Paulo was successful in his challenge against a one match penalty notice for a Grade A Other Striking Offences during Sunday’s RLWC2021 quarter final game against Tonga. 

“A summary of minutes will be available here shortly.

“Tribunals are independent of the RLWC2021, made up of a legally qualified Chair and assisted by side members with relevant experience such as ex-professional players, coaches or match officials.

“RLWC2021 would like to thank the independent judiciary tribunal HHJ Sarah Wright, Wilf George and Lindsay Arnold.”

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