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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Now he will have to undergo an operation to repair the fracture dislocation to the finger on his left hand and is set to miss at least the first month of the newly expanded Magners League tournament and could find himself sidelined for up to 12 weeks.
Capped 29 times by Ireland, Trimble is Ulster's second highest try scorer in the Heineken Cup with 10 tries from 30 outings and is equally at home at centre or wing.
Ulster have the honour with Glasgow Warriors of kicking-off the 15th Heineken Cup campaign at 7.30pm on Friday, 8 October at Ravenhill against the new Italian franchise Aironi Rugby. They are due to travel to Viadana to meet Aironi in the Magners League a few weeks earlier.
The other teams battling with them for a place in the knock-out stages from Pool 4 are last season's runners-up, Biarritz Olympique, and Bath.