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Thomson’s tour in jeopardy

All Blacks flanker Adam Thomson is in danger of missing the rest of the European tour after he rucked Scotland’s Alasdair Strokosch in the head during Sunday’s 51-22 victory.

 
 

Adam Thomson

ALL BLACKS flanker Adam Thomson is in danger of missing the rest of the European tour after he rucked Scotland’s Alasdair Strokosch in the head during Sunday’s 51-22 victory.

Thomson was given a yellow card but any contact with the head is treated seriously by disciplinary commissioners.

Australia’s Scott Higginbotham was given a four-week, two-game ban after kneeing Richie McCaw in Brisbane, and Thomson could be looking at a minimum of two-weeks out, ruling him out of most of the tour.

Andy Robinson, Scotland’s coach, said an official told him after the match the incident would be referred to the citing officer.

“The citing officer came to us and said he’ll deal with it,” Robinson told Fairfax NZ, and was then asked if Thomson deserved a red card.

“You would think so. The touch judge had a very good view of it.”

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Thomson was in the wrong, but said it was not malicious stomping.

“It looked like he got frustrated because someone was lying all over the ball and he placed his foot on the guy’s head,” Hansen said.

“He didn’t stomp him, which was one good thing. The rules say you can’t do that so I’m sure someone will be looking at it.

“Someone will look at the game and they’ll make a decision if what he did was with malicious intent or was it reckless. I’d suggest probably reckless. From there it will take its course.

“It’s pointless me sitting here talking about it because it’s no longer up to us. Personally I don’t think it was a stomping but that’s not for me to decide.”

Thomson is thought to be moving to Japan, and it is unclear whether he will play Super Rugby next season.

Hansen also said they were unsure how long Israel Dagg would be affected by a bad fall which saw him subbed after 24 minutes.

 
 

 
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