Jonathan Thomas, the Neath-Swansea Ospreys flanker sent off for punching in the Heineken Cup Pool 4 match at Castres Olympique today, has been banned for 18 days. Thomas was sent-off by English referee Dave Pearson in the final minute. The Wales international appeared before a disciplinary hearing held by Match Commissioner Jean-Claude Legendre. The suspension rules him out of the Round 2 match against Munster at The Gnoll on Sunday, 31 October.
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.