Tew calls for quicker IRB appeal process

NZ Newswire Updated November 24, 2012, 1:05 pm

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew has called for the international judicial process to be sped up after All Blacks flanker Adam Thomson had his one-week ban doubled to two weeks on Saturday (NZT).

Tew was "pleased" with the outcome of an appeal committee hearing which deemed Thomson's initial ban of two weeks for stamping during the Test win over Scotland at Edinburgh on November 11 was correct.

That sanction was halved at the judicial hearing last week because of Thomson's conduct and clean record.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) subsequently invoked its right to appeal a hearing outcome, believing Thomson's ban to be an "unduly lenient sanction" for the incident in which the 30-year-old's boot made contact with the head of Scottish flanker Alasdair Strokosch.

A three-man appeal committee ruled the reduction for good behaviour wasn't applicable under the IRB's Regulation 17, restoring the ban to two weeks.

"We're pleased with the outcome. The appeal process was well run, Adam's now free and ready to play next weekend," Tew told reporters.

Tew said it was unfortunate Thomson's case had dragged on so long and said the appeal process wasn't efficient enough.

"We need to sit back as a sport and work out how we can speed the process up," he said.

"Six days to wait for a written decision before the IRB could even decide if an appeal was warranted is too long."

The ban extension has had no tangible impact on Thomson as the second week of his sanction would have ruled him out of the Test against Wales at Cardiff on Sunday morning (NZT), a match for which he wasn't selected anyway.

He was pleased to still be available for the final match of the tour against England at Twickenham next week.

"It's disappointing to be dragged out over such a long period. You come over here to play... but it's past me now and it's on with the rugby," he said.

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  1. CRAIG09:55am Sunday 25th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Rugby and sport..a law unto itself! For same single offence... Player can get punished on field by penalty against him. Player can also get a yellow card, red card Player can get cited and punished. Player gets punished by the media and the public Player can get re trialled by IRB - called a double jeopardy and not natural justice in a court of law. ONLY thing that cant punish any player ... is the LAW of the LAND ( eg an assault charge and a true court of law)

  2. X Spurt08:17am Sunday 25th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Yep and another gutless thug takes a swing at a man from behind joining the long list of Thugs from the land of the long white sheep, lets see if brainless boofhead Andrew Hore also gets a slap with a wet bus ticket.

  3. Perplexed10:30pm Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    No reply, so I got yu ah Peter. dear ear, do you have a woman? or is it aaasssfuckwit????????????

  4. Perplexed10:01pm Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Peter. Put thu mirrior down ah. now I know by yu entre,that mums told yu tupiss off again ah? so,Oh well udduwise yu left her somewhere near,I think its in?h Oh well which ever way it happens where theres servants to rape.Yu here now, dear dear, Gota talk to JK about it ah,We Great AB surporters shouldn`t hafta put up with all this anty ABshit ah.not in our country.get yu own life yu sado.OKAy????????????

  5. Peter09:53pm Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Tew or is it stew is a MORON

  6. Peter09:51pm Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    1 week becomes Two......Comon IRB what a bout the rest of the weeks

  7. Peter09:47pm Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    The IRB are bias gutless wonders that favour the ABs and this proves it once and for all

  8. Perplexed08:30pm Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    IMPORTANT ANOUCEMENT. Trodon. From now on yu are More on okay, Sorry but Yahoo prefurrrrrrrr that name for yu, an Skypilot will be upgraded tofuckwit,more ons brother. yip thats it, back tu normal trannis now.

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  9. skypilot08:16pm Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    personally , i would fly QANTAS . its always a good test of your new cameras and videos ! did ya get that honey ! ? i think two engines have just blown up !! ahh ,, thats o.k. honey bun ,, i know the pilot ,, we may not be be landing where we should be hon,,, do you remember how to swim ?

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  10. neil07:58pm Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    what a load of #$%$Thomsen should not have received the extrra week. what now happens to those officials who gave thomson the one week ban?


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