21 Sep 2018

Samoan sevens player Gordon Langkilde returns home to face year out of rugby

6:51 am on 21 September 2018

The Samoa rugby sevens player Gordon Langkilde has returned home after pleading guilty to misdemeanour charges following an assualt at the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco in July.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to misdemeanour charges in a San Francisco court, after attacking Welsh players in the tunnel at the tournament.

Gordon Langkilde is tackled during the Vancouver Sevens in March.

Gordon Langkilde is tackled during the Vancouver Sevens in March. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Langkilde had been required to stay in the United States on criminal charges of assault and battery, but those charges were reduced.

The incident occurred after Wales' win over Samoa on July 22nd.

Tom Williams suffered a broken nose and cheekbone while Luke Morgan and Ben Roach also suffered facial injuries.

22 year old Langkilde must pay compensation to the victims and has agreed to withdraw from playing all rugby for a year.

He has also been ordered to write a letter of apology to the victims, complete 100 hours community service, donate 3 thousand 700 dollars to charity and complete an anger management course.

World Rugby - the game's governing body - has suspended Langkilde while it carries out its own investigation.

The incident began as players walked down the tunnel of AT&T Park in San Francisco following Wales' 24-19 victory.

Williams had scored the match-winning try in extra time but was forced to miss the following day's competition due to his injuries.

Langkilde pleaded guilty to two misdemeanour counts of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and is now permitted to leave the US.

He had previously denied two criminal counts of battery and one of assault, and was prohibited from leaving the country.

No Wales players were sanctioned following the incident.

The Pacific Rugby Players welfare group says Langkilde could one day return to rugby.

The groups chief executive, Aayden Clarke says Langkilde will now set out a plan for the next 12 months.