7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
The Test centurion has been named in the RC Toulon squad following his summer move from the ACT Brumbies and could make his tournament debut at home to the Ospreys on Saturday, October 9.
All Black prop Carl Hayman could also take his Heineken Cup bow in that mouth-watering Pool 3 encounter having swapped Amlin Challenge Cup rugby for Europe's premier club competition as a result of a high-profile switch from Newcastle Falcons.
Springbok trio Ruan Pienaar, Johann Muller and Pedrie Wannenburg have all been named in Ulster's Heineken Cup squad as the Irish side look to make the knockout stages for the first time since their title-winning exploits of 1999.
Familiar faces include previous winners Brian O'Driscoll, Geordan Murphy, Yannick Jauzion, Thierry Dusautoir, Ronan O'Gara and Simon Shaw, while the likes of Martyn Williams, Shane Williams, Chris Paterson and Jonny Wilkinson will be looking to add Heineken Cup glory to their impressive CVs.
There is no shortage of young up-and-coming talent on show either, with England regulars Dan Cole, Ben Youngs, Chris Ashton, Ben Foden and Courtney Lawes all featuring for Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints, while Clermont Auvergne's Morgan Parra, Leinster's Luke Fitzgerald and Richie Gray of Glasgow Warriors are all set to make a contribution that belies their tender years.
It is a similar story when it comes to the Amlin Challenge Cup, too, with a whole host of international stars taking part in the 20-team competition.
James Haskell, Dimitri Szarzewski, Sergio Parisse and Mathieu Bastareaud are all included in a powerful Stade Francais Paris squad, while World Cup winners Mike Tindall, Ben Cohen and Steve Thompson will feature for Gloucester, Sale Sharks and Leeds Carnegie respectively.
To view the squads, simply click on a team of your choice in the Teams section of the Heineken Cup or Amlin Challenge Cup menus on the left-hand side of the ERC homepage and then navigate to Squad on the central banner.
All nominated players are subject to respective Union approval