IRB doubles Thomson's ban

2012-11-24 08:22

Dublin - All Blacks forward Adam Thomson has had his one-week ban for trampling on the head of Scotland's Alasdair Strokosch doubled to two weeks following an appeal by the International Rugby Board.

A copy of the decision, released on Saturday by the New Zealand Rugby Union, said Thomson's suspension had been extended to November 25.

When Thomson was initially cited for standing on Strokosch's head in the All Blacks' Test against Scotland in Edinburgh on November 11 he was given a two-week ban reduced to one week due to his blemish-free record.

However, the IRB lodged an appeal after reviewing the original punishment, believing it was "unduly lenient".

An independent appeal board of judge Jeff Blackett (England), Pat Barriscale (Ireland) and Jeremy Summers (England), sitting in Wales, did not agree the initial two-week ban was lenient but opposed the one-week reduction.

"Therefore Adam Thomson's suspension was extended by the appeal committee to apply from November 11 to November 25. He will be free to play on 26 November," the ruling said.

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew, who attended the appeal hearing with Thomson, told Radio Sport he had no objections.

"We are very happy with the outcome. We think it is fair and appropriate," he said.

Thomson has already effectively served the ban after not being considered for last week's Test against Italy and this weekend's clash with Wales and will be available for selection to play England in London next week.


  • fanie.essgee - 2012-11-24 08:29

    Seriously... if it was any other player other than an AB it would of been a two month ban for the same incident.....

      Flemstone - 2012-11-24 10:10

      Got any proof?

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-11-24 13:05

      yes, headstamping 2 weeks - NZ tip tackle off the ball after the whistle ending john smits season - 1 week - NZ using twitter - 3 weeks - Samoa tip tackle with the tackled player landing on his back and the player taking him to ground not driving neck into the ground, not dropping the player - 8 weeks - AUS and Yannick Nyanga is playing this week thats proof enough dont be a moron

      Flemstone - 2012-11-24 13:56

      London Irish prop Faan Rautenbach was cited following a yellow card he received for stamping on the head and shoulder of Munster's David Wallace on the weekend. Earlier today he was found guilty, facing three weeks on the sideline. Rautenbachs was worse than Thomsons. The video can be viewed on rugbydump. Argentina prop Juan Figallo has been banned for three weeks for striking an opponent during their defeat by France last weekend. Also worse than Thomsons. No need to use insulting language.

      Flemstone - 2012-11-24 14:00

      And lets not forget about Greyling only getting two weeks. He could have done some serious damage to McCaw.

      viva.lebok - 2012-11-24 14:10

      How many weeks was Bakkies banned for head butting Cowan? I believe stamping on someones head is worse than head butting

      Flemstone - 2012-11-24 14:32

      9 weeks I think. It was a pretty serious incident though. Bakkies is also a repeat offender. Thomson had a clean record. Thomson hardly made contact, he was going for the ball. Poor example using Bakkies.

  • luke.sportify - 2012-11-24 08:40

    What a joke!!

  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-11-24 09:42

    Leave him alone guys, the poor man has just had his his other hand slapped. Don't worry Adam, IRB will kiss it better

  • TheBlackRaptor - 2012-11-24 10:31

    Who reviewed the case, Sir Bryce Lawrence.

  • charlene.casquilho - 2012-11-24 11:45

    must be 2 month ban according to rule book

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