Toulon’s Bryan Habana is tackled by Munster’s Simon Zebo during the Heineken Cup semi-final. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For the Irish provinces, April is indeed becoming the cruellest month. Ulster, Leinster and latterly Munster all bade adieu to the Heineken Cup(...)

The ERC press release accompanying the decision to suspend Jared Payne for the tackle against Alex Goode of Saracens that resulted in the Ulster fullback’s red card came with the wording that Payne  had been red-carded for “an alleged dangerous charge (sic)”, rather than tackling, tapping, pushing or pulling. This was, effectively, a new one. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Here’s a question. Supposing Jared Payne and Alex Goode made the exact same runs as when they collided last Saturday week in Ravenhill, which r(...)

Ulster will decide today whether to appeal the two-week suspension Jared Payne received for the “reckless act” that injured Al(...)

 Ulster’s Director of Rugby David Humphreys, team manager David Millar and Jared Payne walking to the ERC offices. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster fullback, Jared Payne has been suspended for two weeks following an independent disciplinary hearing in Dublin today arising from the He(...)

Referee Jerome Garces shows Jared Payne a red card after just four minutes of the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Saracens at Ravenhill. Photo: Darren Kidd/Inpho

I was coming out of the back of the stand at Ravenhill after the match on Saturday when I ran into Jerome Garces, the referee who had made such(...)

 Drew Mitchell of Toulon is tackled by Brian O’Driscoll  and Jimmy Gopperth of Leinster during the Heineken Cup quarter-final  at the Felix Mayol Stadium  in Toulon, France. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

And then there was one. Following on from Ulster’s heart-breaking exit, Leinster were unceremoniously turfed out of the last Heineken Cup as we(...)

 Jared Payne is given a  red card by referee Jerome Garces as Johann Muller looks on. Photograph: Inpho

Out of Ulster’s defeat sprung a debate over penalising the injury or the action. As Jared Payne left Ravenhill in disbelief after being shown t(...)

Welsh referee Nigel Owens will take charge of Munster’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulouse at Thomond Park, the tournament organisers (...)

Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg has been given a three-week ban. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has apologised again for his red-card in Wales after he was handed a three week-ban. The 21-year-old saw(...)

England centre Luther Burrell scores a first-half try during the  Six Nations match against Scotland  at Murrayfield. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Scotland 0 England 20: England successfully handled an appalling Murrayfield pitch to complete a comfortable Six Nations victory over Scotland that wa(...)