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Wade Dooley, the former England lock, has been suspended for 30 days by New Brighton after being sent off against Chester last week.

Nathan Thomas, the Bath flanker, has been given a 60-day ban by the Rugby Football Union for stamping on Tim Stimpson, the Newcastle full back, in the opening league game of the season. The RFU said yesterday that Thomas, a Welsh international who played against Romania a week after the incident, was banned on Thursday. He had been playing only five minutes as a replacement before being sent off for stamping on the England and British Lions full back in a ruck. His club banned him for three weeks but the RFU increased the punishment.