Simmons given eight-week ban for tip tackle against France
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 IRB-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 25th, 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.