Latu sacked

Cronulla hooker Tevita Latu's career is in tatters after he was sacked by the NRL club for punching a teenaged woman in the face. Latu is likely to be barred from the game for a lengthy period, with NRL chief executive David Gallop saying the league would not re-register the 24-year-old, preventing him from signing with another club.

Latu was charged with assault yesterday after allegedly breaking the 19-year-old woman's nose during an altercation outside a Cronulla petrol station in the early hours of Monday morning. Latu, who apologised for any embarrassment caused to the Sharks and to the NRL, is believed to be considering returning to his native Auckland.

Cronulla chief executive Greg Pierce says the club will consider the prospect of a curfew or alcohol restrictions.