AUSTRALIA lock Rob Simmons has been banned for eight weeks for a dangerous tackle during Saturday's 33-6 loss to France.
THE Wallabies forward was hit with the hefty ban by the International Rugby Board judiciary in London last night.
New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson was also suspended for a week for stamping on the head of Alasdair Strokosch during the All Blacks' 51-22 win in Scotland.
Both players can appeal their suspensions.
A substitute against France, Simmons was reported for a 'tip' tackle on Yannick Nyanga.
The board decided Simmons' offence was on the high end of the scale and have banned him until February 24.