Northampton Saints back row man Calum Clark has been suspended for 32 weeks by an RFU disciplinary committee after pleading guilty to injuring Leicester Tigers hooker Rob Hawkins in the LV= Cup final at Worcester on 18 March.
Clark admitted hyperextending the right arm of Hawkins, who suffered a broken elbow, and was suspended for 32 weeks for an act contrary to good sportsmanship - Law 10(4) (M). The suspension will run from March 22 to the November 1. He is free to play again on 2 November, 2012.
Clark was ordered to pay hearing costs of £500 and has the right to appeal against the decision.
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.