UPDATE 1-Rugby-IRB appeals against Thomson ban

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(Adds Simmons appeal)

Nov 21 (Reuters) - The International Rugby Board (IRB) has appealed against a one-week ban given to New Zealand's Adam Thomson for stamping on the head of an opponent because it was "unduly lenient".

Flanker Thomson was cited for contact with Alasdair Strokosch's head after the All Blacks' 51-22 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield on Nov. 11. He was suspended by an independent judicial officer.

"After careful consideration and having reviewed the full written decision in the Thomson case well within the permitted 72 hours of receipt, the IRB strongly believes that the sanction of one week is unduly lenient for this particular act of foul play and not aligned with the sanctions handed down in similar cases," the IRB said in a statement.

Thomson missed the All Blacks' victory over Italy on Saturday.

Arrangements for an independent appeal hearing will be made shortly.

Australian lock Rob Simmons has appealed against his eight-week ban for a 'tip tackle' on French flanker Yannick Nyanga.

Simmons came on as a substitute during his side's 33-6 loss in Paris on Nov. 10, and is not eligible to play again until Feb. 25, just after the start of the Super Rugby season. (Reporting by Josh Reich; Editing by John Mehaffey and Clare Fallon)

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