IRB to review Thomson’s citing
15 Nov 2012
The IRB has confirmed that they will investigate All Blacks flank Adam Thomson’s one-week ban for stamping a player’s head.
Thomson was handed the suspension on Wednesday after being found guilty of stamping and trampling on the head of Scotland’s Alasdair Strokosch. Thomson will miss this Saturday’s Test against Italy, but will be available to face Wales next weekend.
Wallabies lock Rob Simmons received an eight-week ban for a tip tackle on the same day.
This has drawn huge protest.
Samoa centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, who received a three-week ban for controversial comments on Twitter, slammed the judicial process.
‘I got 3 weeks for sarcastic tweets. So had I just rucked Farrells head I would have got only a week? Its just so comical these days,’ said Fuimaono-Sapolu.
Former England hooker Brian Moore labelled Thomson’s ban as ‘ludicrously lenient’.
However, IRB chief executive Brett Gosper responded to Moore’s comments and similar complaints on Twitter by saying: ‘The IRB will review this case as it is a match under our jurisdiction. If we decide to take action we will make it public.’