Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)
days
:
hours
:
minutes
:
seconds

Rugby | International Rugby

Simmons and Thomson given bans



Australia lock Rob Simmons was given an eight-week ban on Wednesday for a 'tip tackle' on French flanker Yannick Nyanga and will miss the rest of the Wallabies' European tour.

New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson was also banned for a week by the International Rugby Board-appointed judicial officer after being cited for stamping on the head of Alasdair Strokosch during the All Blacks' 51-22 win over Scotland last weekend.

Both players have the right to appeal the suspensions.

Simmons will not be eligible to play again until February 25, citing officials said in a statement, just after the start of the Super Rugby season.

"The specific period of suspension recognises the close season inactivity after the current tour when the player is not scheduled to play," the statement said.

Simmons, on as a replacement against France in Paris last Saturday, was cited for the dangerous tackle made on Nyanga during the second half of Australia's 33-6 loss.

Australia play England at Twickenham on Saturday while New Zealand face Italy in Rome.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Tony Johnson
Let's get it started
It has been a tragic few weeks for rugby with the passing of Joost van der Westhuizen, and in the...

Gavin Rich
Fatigue is Lions’ biggest obstacle
They fell tantalisingly short last year and the smart money should be on the Emirates Lions again.

Brenden Nel
The time is now
"There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of...

Rich man, Tour man
Final notes from the road
I’ve been to the Millennium Stadium – well okay, now the Principality Stadium – many times and I...