September 20, 2018
Samoa 7s player Gordon Langkilde has pleaded guilty to assault charges in a San Francisco court after attacking Welsh players in the tunnel following their 24-19 loss at the World Cup in July.
The charges were reduced from two criminal counts of battery and one of assault.
The 22-year-old spent a week in custody and two months in the United States awaiting trial following his arrest.
Pacific Rugby Players Association chief executive, Aayden Clark in an interview with Radio NZ said Langkilde would be back in Samoa in the coming days.
"We've had the charges reduced to being misdemeanours. He's committed to a minimum of one year out of the game and will undergo anger management courses and counseling," Clark said.
"He's paid a fine to the US courts and also [written] apology letters to the Welsh players... He's very much aware of the implications of his actions and obviously very remorseful,"
In court, Langkilde had indicated he would step away from the game but was also prepared to undergo disciplinary proceedings from the sport's governing bodies, Clark said.
"What happens now is that World Rugby and also the Samoan Rugby Union were waiting on the outcome of the legal proceedings. Now that we have that - those [proceedings] will commence."
Contracted by Samoa for the 2017-18 World Series, Langkilde would not be available for the 2018-19 series.
"It doesn't mean he can't train the house down. He's still a very young man and still wants to be a rugby player. As a players association we'll work with him now on what he's going to do with this year out,” Clark added.
By Reginald Chandar