AUCKLAND: All Black Adam Thomson has been given a one-week ban after being found guilty of trampling on the head of Scotland's Alasdair Stokosch.
The blindside flanker was yellow-carded in the 44th minute of New Zealand's 51-22 win at Murrayfield on Monday [AEDT] after putting a boot on the back of Stokosch's head at a ruck.
As a result of the suspension, he will miss this weekend's Test against Italy.
But the length of the ban also means the 30-year-old Thomson, who is looking for a move overseas next year, avoids ending his Test career with an early trip home.
Instead, he will be available for the last two matches of New Zealand's European tour against Wales and England.
IRB independent judicial officer Jean-Noel Couraud of France upheld the citing of Thomson.
But he deemed the offence to be at the lower end of the scale and also took into account Thomson's conduct at the disciplinary hearing.