All Black Adam Thomson’s ban gets doubled by IRB

All Blacks flanker Adam Thomson has had his one week suspension for trampling on the head of Scotland’s Alasdair Strokosch doubled by an IRB judicial review.

Thomson was initially given a one week ban but the IRB intervened after it was deemed to be ‘unduly lenient’ and a three-man appeal committee extended the initial ban to two weeks. .

The committee agreed that the initial judicial officer Jean-Noel Couraud who handed out a one week ban was inconsistent with IRB Regulation so they doubled it to two weeks.

Ironically the ban extension will have no effect at all on Thomson as he would have missed this week’s Test against Wales but he was not selected for the match so it has no impact.

Thomson is therefore free to play England on the All Blacks final European tour match next week.

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