Wallabies lock gets heavy ban

Rob Simmons has received an eight-week suspension for a dangerous tackle on Yannick Nyanga in Paris last Saturday.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said the ARU had not decided whether it would appeal.

‘We’re disappointed in the decision but I haven’t had the opportunity to read the decision yet and obviously we’ll do that before we settle on [whether] that’s the end of the matter or not,’ he said.

The IRB judicial officer deemed Simmons’s tackle to be at the ‘high end’ of the scale, so gave an entry point of 12 weeks. Two weeks was added as a ‘deterrent’ before six weeks was taken off the penalty for Simmons’s ‘exemplary previous disciplinary record’.

The Wallabies were dealt a further blow when centre Pat McCabe was ruled out of the Test against England with a stiff neck that requires further scans.