One-week ban for Thomson

2012-11-14 20:24

London - New Zealand flank Adam Thomson was banned for one week by the International Rugby Board (IRB) after being found guilty of stamping on Scotland's Alasdair Strokosch last weekend.

The suspension, which Thomson can appeal, means he will miss this Saturday's Test against Italy in Rome but will be free to play in the remaining matches of the world champions' European tour, against Wales in Cardiff on November 24 and England at Twickenham on December 1.

Many observers, including Scotland coach Andy Robinson, thought Thomson was fortunate to escape with only a yellow card after his boot made contact with the head of loose forward Strokosch during the All Blacks' 51-22 victory at Murrayfield on Sunday.

Thomson then faced further action after being cited by Irish citing commissioner Murray Whyte.

However, IRB independent judicial officer Jean-Noel Couraud of France, while upholding the citing at a hearing in London on Wednesday, said in a statement that after viewing various angles of the incident and listening to representations from Thomson and on the player's behalf, he deemed the offence to be "at the lower end of the scale of IRB sanctions".

Accordingly, from a low entry point of two weeks, Couraud allowed one week of mitigation, "taking into account, in particular, the player's (Thomson's) conduct at the hearing."

Couraud thus imposed a ban of one week with Thomson free to resume playing on November 19.


  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-11-14 20:40

    Only 1 week? PAAAAWRRRRRR If it was a South African it would've been 3 or 4 weeks! Ridiculous how these cry babies get away with murder! NZ the biggest cheating rugby nation on earth! Ritchie McCaw gets away with 'bending' the rules @ which he has even admitted himself & for influencing the IRB in forms of match fixing, RWC rigging & corrupt officials eg: Bryce Lawrence named ref of the year by NZ who has subsequently been fired yet still plays a role in the game. Stop the corruption in the game of rugby, 1 set of rules has to apply to all teams!

      Flemstone - 2012-11-14 21:42

      Its always the same old song. The rest of the rugby world is laughing at people like you. You could easily argue that he was trying to ruck the ball out. He took the weight off his foot when he realised he was stomping on the guys head. Watch the video.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-14 21:48

      Would you like a box of tissues? So bitter bro, anybody that is consistantly better than your team must be cheating! Go read the previous article today about what a dirty reputation the Boks have!

      Caleb - 2012-11-14 21:51

      He made as much contact as Etzebeths headbutt did, typical one eyed reaction from another Saffa, thats just Flemstone, they dont actually watch the evidence, Saffas just see a hammed up headline by News24 and think injustice immediately. I wont even comment about the Ritchie McCaw thing, thats juts plain ridiculous- match fixing?!!! Get a grip on reality man!

      will.hodge.524 - 2012-11-15 05:13

      The most ridiculous conspiracy ever in rugby was definitely the poisoning in 1995 haha, I mean that was just plain ridiculous. Yet Caleb is on here, who is from the country that came up with that conspiracy, calling people one eyed. U are a joke

      Flemstone - 2012-11-15 10:58

      It might be a conspiracy theory Caleb, but the fact remains that a lot of players had food poisoning. Mehrtens was visibly sick and Jeff Wilson was puking on the side of the field. I didn't hear a single AB fan use this as an excuse after the game, or for months afterwards. If the Bok team got food poisoning in NZ? Phwooaaarr.

      Flemstone - 2012-11-15 10:58

      Sorry not Caleb, Will Hodge that comment was for you.

      Caleb - 2012-11-16 02:21

      Oh i agree whole heartedly Flemstone, but Saffas are too bitter they are being left behind in world rugby to realise this.

  • Ollie - 2012-11-14 20:47

    I guess this means that Etzebeth's brushing of noses with Sharpe was just as dangerous since they have both received the same penalty...

  • bruce.marcovich - 2012-11-14 21:50

    Tomson is a good guy but the head is sacred in rugby, no matter how soft or gentle it was depending on who you support, but 1 week is feable.

  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-14 21:51

    S15 player at best! His actions were not great! I doubt you'll see him too much more in the Black jersey...

  • alan.forbes.3344 - 2012-11-14 22:03

    This is so pathetic from the irb yet again. By the way, if you go to any rugby stadium wearing an all black shirt entry is free and they'll even arrange ground staff to kiss you a$$.

      Caleb - 2012-11-15 01:53

      Everyone gets in free, its juts the biased whinging Saffas that get charged

  • Owentjie - 2012-11-15 02:39

    Boot to head with intent = 1 week , poor technique in the tackle = 8 weeks. I'm trying to explain this to some people that know nothing about rugby, I can't , help me! Oh wait , the all blacks are the only team that can play aggressive and get away with it......I got it there is a secret 2nd rule book for teams wearing all black. No wonder England were trying to wear black too, they must have stumbled across the memo.....

  • claude.felbert - 2012-11-15 07:13

    I see that the usually slow to react IRB is to review this 'lenient' ban.

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