Judiciary clears Toa Samoa captain Paulo to play semi-final


Samoa captain Junior Paulo has been cleared to play in the Pacific nation’s historic World Cup semi-final against England after successfully challenging a one-match ban for striking.

Paulo, who was placed on report for raising his forearm as he ran into Tongan forward David Fifita late in Sunday’s 20-18 quarter-final win at Warrington, was charged with Grade A Striking but a judiciary panel cleared him on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Samoa fullback Joseph Sua’ali’i has received a caution for raising his knee in a tackle and is free to play against England.

Kangaroos prop Lindsay Collins (contrary behaviour) received a caution for a cannon-ball tackle in last weekend’s quarter-final defeat of Lebanon.