RE: thomoson gets one week ban,,,
November 15, 2012, 11:47:21
Here is the rugby heaven article mentioned by windpom:
Only hours after one of its judicial officers handed down a one-week ban for trampling, the new boss of the IRB has announced All Black Adam Thomson's suspension will be reviewed.
Thomson's penalty, two weeks with one off for an unblemished record during his long test career, immediately attracted heavy criticism from Britain's leading rugby writers.
Thomson received the one-week suspension for trampling on the head of Scottish opposite Alasdair Strokosh at Murrayfield last Monday.
The IRB-appointed judicial officer's decision, as it stands, means Thomson will remain with the All Blacks for the remainder of their end-of-year tour and be spared the ignominy of being sent home after just one match.
However, IRB chief executive Brett Gosper, an Australian who recently succeeded Mike Miller in the top job, today revealed via social media microblogging site Twitter that the Thomson decision could be over-turned.
"The IRB will review this case as it is a match under our jurisdiction," tweeted Gosper. "If we decide to take action we will make it public."
That news caught an exhausted looking Thomson and All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster unawares as they arrived back at the team hotel from Heathrow today.
They were clearly unimpressed that after a thorough judicial process the decision was already the subject of a review, but Foster said that was the IRB's right.
Thomson said he was just glad the judicial hearing was over. He believed he had received a fair chance to state his case, which was essentially that the contact made with Strokosh's head was accidental.
"I never intended to make contact with another player in the game. I had a fair chance to lay that case today. I'm happy I had the chance to state my case and that it was listened to before he came to his conclusion," he said.
It had been a personal blow to be charged with stamping on an opponent's head.
"Massively mate. I'm disappointed with being suspended and I pride myself on the way I conduct myself on the field. To have such a long career and have a clean slate and then to get to this stage and have a blip is disappointing." (Agreed Thompson is not a dirty player and to smear the abs one role model does nothing for reforming the game there!! What thinks Hakwa?)
He was satisfied Strockosh did not hold an ill will toward him over the incident.
"I knew it wasn't intentional, Alasdair knew it wasn't intentional. We had a chat about it after the game and we had a chat about it at the after match
From what I saw there was no intention to do damage at all. Hope he stays on tour - let justice be done.