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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
"I think finals focus the mind anyway," Borthwick continued. "It is quite a break between games so it is important that our management team structure that period in a way that we can use it to make sure that we are in prime physical condition, and tactically that our game is in the best condition organizationally as well."
It is well documented that the club have been searching for silverware since winning the Heineken Cup in 1998. It is also likely that breaking the cycle and winning a trophy would finally lift the pressure that has been on every Bath side that has reached the latter stages of a competition since those heady days.
"There is definitely a factor that we can use the final as a springboard for success in the future, if you like. Ultimately we are only together as a group of players for a time period and as we know we have a few people leaving at the end of the season. We have a fleeting moment when we are together as a group and it is about making the most of that opportunity.
"We have an opportunity now to create something that people will remember, something that the fans will remember. It always the way in professional sport, that players will come and go, and the dynamics in a team change."