Leinster's new out-half signing, Mat Berquist, will be out of action for approximately four months.
The New Zealander sustained a fractured knee cap in the recent RaboDirect Pro12 win over the Dragons, and following an operation, it was announced that he will be sidelined until the New Year.
Berquist will miss Leinster's opening Heineken Cup games as the champions set out to retain the title they won in such dramatic fashion at the Millennium Stadium last season. Leinster face a demanding test in Round 1 with a trip to Stade de la Mosson where they meet tournament newcomers, Montpellier, on Saturday, 12 November.
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.