New Zealand All Black back rower Adam Thomson has been suspended for one week ruling him out of this weekend's Test match against Italy.
Thomson appeared before the independent IRB-appointed Judicial Officer, Jean-Noel Couraud (France), having been cited for an alleged stamp, or trample, to the head of an opponent in the match between Scotland and New Zealand at Murrayfield on Sunday.
In upholding the citing by the independent IRB Citing Commissioner, the act of foul play, contrary to Law 10.4(b), was deemed by the Judicial Officer to be at the lower end of the scale of IRB sanctions, after having viewed various angles of the incident and listened to representations by the player, the All Blacks' assistant coach and the player's legal representative at the hearing.
From the low end entry point of 2 weeks, the Judicial Officer allowed one week of mitigation, taking into account, in particular, the player's conduct at the hearing.
A sanction of 1 week was duly imposed, with Adam Thomson suspended until midnight on 18 November 2012.
Thomson has the right of appeal but is free to play Wales on the 24th of November and England on the 1st of December.