Thomson escapes lengthy ban

All Blacks flank Adam Thomson has been suspended for just one week following an incident where he stamped on the head of a Scotland player.

Thomson appeared before the independent IRB-appointed judicial officer, Jean-Noel Couraud (of France) on Wednesday, having been cited for an alleged stamp in last Sunday’s match.

According to a statement on the hearing: ‘In upholding the citing by the independent IRB Citing Commissioner, the act of foul play, contrary to Law 10.4(b), was deemed by the judicial officer to be at the lower end of the scale of IRB sanctions, after having viewed various angles of the incident and listened to representations by the player, the All Blacks’ assistant coach and the player’s legal representative at the hearing.’

From the low end entry point of two weeks, the judicial officer allowed one week of mitigation, taking into account, in particular, the player’s conduct at the hearing.

A sanction of one week was imposed, with Thomson suspended until 18 November. The player has the right of appeal.

Meanwhile, Wallabies lock Rob Simmons received a hefty suspension for a tip-tackle on a French player in last Saturday’s Test. Simmons will be out of action for eight weeks.

The statement from Simmons’ hearing said that the tackle ‘was deemed by the judicial officer to be at the high end of the scale of IRB sanctions. From the high end entry point of 12 weeks, the judicial officer added two weeks of aggravation to reflect the need for a deterrent for this type of dangerous tackle but allowed the maximum six weeks of mitigation, including the player’s exemplary previous disciplinary record and his conduct at the hearing.’