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IRB appeals 'lenient' Thomson ban

Published: 7:01AM Thursday November 22, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

The International Rugby Board will appeal All Black flanker Adam Thomson's one week ban.

The IRB says it will appeal what it strongly believes is an unduly lenient sanction handed down to Thomson for stamping or trampling the head of Scottish opposite Alasdair Strokosh at Murrayfield 10 days ago.

"As custodians of Rugby worldwide, the IRB has a duty to protect its image, values and integrity together with the welfare of players at all levels in order that the sport can continue its unprecedented growth and welcome more men, women and children to the Rugby family," the IRB said in a statement.

"At the very heart of this mission is the universal application of the disciplinary process as set out in Regulation 17. This IRB Disciplinary regulation is intended to protect all players and the Game through the strict application of a sanctioning regime that acts as a strong deterrent against acts of foul play.

"This stance was reaffirmed by leading international players, coaches, referees and administrators attending the IRB Morality Conference in London in March this year who unanimously agreed that a tough and consistent stance on discipline Adam Thomson'is key to Rugby's integrity.

"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."

Given the announcement and the way he looked following the initial hearing last week in London, it would hard to see the All Blacks selectors considering Thomson for this weekend's Test against Wales.

Australian lock Rob Simmons has also appealed against his eight-week ban for a 'tip tackle' on French flanker Yannick Nyanga.

Simmons came on as a substitute during his side's 33-6 loss in Paris on Nov. 10, and is not eligible to play again until Feb. 25, just after the start of the Super Rugby season.