Australian lock Rob Simmons and New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson who both played for the their countries last weekend and were cited following acts of foul play will both be missing from their respective teams’ lineups this weekend. However, that is where the similarities end as Thomson received a one week ban for his stamp on Scotland’s Strokosch’s head, while Simmons received an eight week ban for a ‘tip/spear’ tackle on France’s Yannick Nyanga.
It has been reported in the Australian media that the Wallabies may not be happy with the length of Simmons ban compared to that of Thomson.
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The Wallabies are expected to appeal the severity of the eight-week ban handed to lock Rob Simmons for a lifting tackle against France last weekend.
The suspension was dished out to Simmons at an International Rugby Board (IRB) disciplinary hearing in London on Thursday (AEDT – Australian Eastern Daylight Time).
Reserve lock Simmons lifted France flanker Yannick Nyanga during the Wallabies’ 33-6 European tour opening defeat in Paris on Saturday.
Simmons’ absence from the weekend’s clash with England is particularly costly coming on the back of a run of injuries that have ruled out David Pocock and Kane Douglas this week.
Centre Pat McCabe is the latest to withdraw from the squad with a neck injury.
Simmons’ ban came on the same day the IRB gave a one-week suspension to New Zealand’s Adam Thomson for stamping on the head of Scotland’s Alasdair Strokosch during the All Blacks’ 51-22 victory at Murrayfield last weekend.
The apparent inconsistencies of the two bans are believed to have the Wallabies puzzled and looking for answers from the IRB.
Judicial officer for the IRB Robert Williams, who heard Simmons’ case, said the forward’s tackle was at the high end of the scale of sanctions.
“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,” Deans said.
“There is the potential to appeal but we’ll have to consider his decision, the wording of it, the transcript of it … it’s not something we would do lightly.”
Meanwhile former England hooker Brian Moore described Thomson’s suspension as “ludicrously lenient”.
Thomson was given a yellow card for the incident with Scotland coach Andy Robinson later commenting the All Blacks back-rower was lucky not be sent off.
Simmons wasn’t given a card during the Stade de France clash because neither referee Nigel Owens or his touch judges saw who made the tackle.
IRB chief executive Brett Gosper responded to Moore and others who made similar complaints over the verdict on Twitter.
“The IRB will review this case as it is a match under our jurisdiction. If we decide to take action we will make it public,” Gosper said.
Samoa centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu slammed the Thomson verdict and compared it with the three-week ban he received from England’s Rugby Football Union last year for tweets about English player Owen Farrell.
“I got 3 weeks for sarcastic tweets. So had I just rucked Farrell’s head I would have got only a week? Its just so comical these days,” Fuimaono-Sapolu said.