IRB to appeal Thomson ban

The IRB will relook All Blacks flank Adam Thomson’s lenient ban for stamping on an opponent’s head.

Thomson was handed a one-week suspension last week after being found guilty of stamping on the head of Scotland’s flank Alasdair Strokosch.

However, the ban received huge protest from pundits and critics on social platforms, saying the final call was very lenient.

In response, the IRB confirmed that it will investigate the citing process.

‘After careful consideration and having reviewed the full written decision in the Thomson case well within the permitted 72 hours of receipt, the IRB strongly believes that the sanction of one week is unduly lenient for this particular act of foul play and not aligned with the sanctions handed down in similar cases,’ read a statement.

‘The IRB firmly believes it is in the best interests of the game and its integrity to exercise its ability to appeal the Thomson decision.’