Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Wednesday Jul 25, 2018

Samoan player to face court following "assault" on Wales' Tom Williams

Samoan player to face court following

Samoa’s Gordon Langkilde is due to appear in court today on charges of assault after a tunnel incident with Welsh player Tom Williams at the Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco. *SEE UPDATE BELOW

Langkilde is accused of aggravated assault and battery causing serious bodily injury which left Williams with facial injuries at AT&T Park at the weekend.

The two teams had just finished playing the quarter finals of the Challenge Trophy, which Wales – courtesy of a Williams try – won 24-19.

A police statement read: “Langkilde, a visiting rugby player (Samoa) is accused of assaulting two players of another visiting rugby team,” the statement says.

“A 26 year-old, male (Wales) sustained facial injuries and a 21 year-old, male (Wales) suffered broken facial bones. A third victim, a 24 year-old, male (Wales) sustained facial injuries during the incident.

“Langkilde was taken into custody without incident at his San Francisco hotel.”

There is no doubt Langkilde will face severe consequences if found guilty, most likely a hefty playing ban. The eventual sanctions remains to be seen, but the fact charges have been pressed indicates a much more serious scenario than previous assault-like incidents we’ve seen. 

In Feburary this year England’s Owen Farrell was involved in a tussle with some Scotland players pre-match in the tunnell before their Six Nations clash. 

While this latest incident was off the field, some of the uglier scenes we’ve witnessed have sometimes looked like coming close to off-field sanction.

in 2011, Leicester’s Manu Tuilagi was handed a five-week ban – reduced from 10 – for what looked like an unprovoked, brutal punch on Chris Ashton.

The then Aviva Premiership disciplinary officer Jeff Blackett reflected on this incident by saying: “This sort of incident is very damaging to the image of the game. Had it occurred in the high street an offender would have been prosecuted in the criminal courts.”

Two years ago, Rugby League player Ben Flower copped a six month ban for a similarly awful punch on Lance Hohaia. Flower was red carded but no legal charges were imposed.

Perhaps this latest case may set a precedent for on-field actions to be legally resolved off-field in a fresh drive for justice. We’ll keep updating this story as it develops. 

Manu Tuilagi’s punch on Chris Ashton results in five-week suspension:

*UPDATE:

Langkilde has been released from jail but has been ordered not to leave the United States, a report in the San Francisco Examiner outlined.

He pleaded not guilty to the four charges he faces for assaulting three Wales players. He was told to hand over his passport and also to stay away from the Wales 7s players Williams,  Luke Morgan and Ben Roach.

The 22-year-old must remain in the USA while awaiting trial for two counts of felony battery, one count of felony assault and one count of misdemeanour battery. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison. 

He had earlier appeared in court in handcuffs, wearing an orange sweatsuit from the County Jail. A far cry from representing his country at the Sevens Rugby World Cup.

He will next appear in court on Monday for a pre-hearing conference but it could take a fair deal longer before a trial takes place.

The altercation in the tunnel after their match left one Wales player in particular covered in blood after his nose and cheekbone were reportedly broken in the attack.

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens...

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another...

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant...

ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    It's 30 years since France scored that epic 'Try of the Century' from beneath their posts

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Amazing acrobatic skills set up early try in Pro D2 Friday night clash

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Arguably the most insane three minutes of Fijian rugby history

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Jonny Wilkinson's iconic performance that ripped Ireland apart in 2002

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Jamie Roberts turns back the clock with trademark midfield power for well taken try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 17 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: The HUGE Currie Cup hit South African fans have been raving about

  • 22 HOURS AGO

    Ex-internationals discuss unfortunate forearm incident which left Tonga international motionless

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: Brutal reaction to eye gouging leads to HUGE ban for Gloucester flanker

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Springbok fans celebrate Liam Williams' game-losing error in 2014

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Huge brawl blows up in dugouts during 1999 Wales Test in Buenos Aires

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 9 HOURS AGO

    James Haskell defends McDonald's role in latest YouTube rant

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Re-live THE Mike Phillips Six Nations try which still angers Irish fans to this day

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Fijian winger cops heavy ban after that referee lifting incident that went viral and blew up his phone

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Vakatawa blows crucial try in terrible blooper, similar to Kunitani in 2014

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Old school highlights show just how brutal rugby really was in the 80s

View All

Funnies

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Fijian wing who lifted a referee like Lion King now faces a disciplinary hearing

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Referee JP Doyle reacts to hilarious moment red card was dished out after bizarre celebration

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Without doubt one of the funniest red cards in the history of rugby

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Nigel Owens produces comedy gold by forgetting crucial piece of kit during Pro14 clash

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    The VERY BEST examples of when rugby players celebrate too early

View All

Amateur

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 50 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    The highs and lows of Yoann Huget after he announced his retirement

View All
Samoan player to face court following "assault" on Wales' Tom Williams | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos