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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Italian rugby fans can relive every match in the 12 seasons of Europe's premier club rugby tournament the Heineken Cup, as well as brushing up on their European club rugby trivia with the launch of ercrugby.com's new Italian website ercrugby.com/Ita
With Benetton Treviso travelling to London Wasps for Round 3 of the Heineken Cup this weekend, their fans will be hoping for a repeat of their first European away win when they defeated Edinburgh 43 to 23 on Sunday, 27 October 1996. Milan's full back Roberto Crotti scored the first Heineken Cup try for an Italian club against Leinster at the Stadio Comunale Giuriati,on Wednesday, 1 November 1995, while Diego Dominguez remains the second highest points scorer in the tournament's history with 645 points for Milan and Stade Francais Paris.
ercrugby.com, official website of the Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup club rugby tournaments, has teamed up with "Rugby!" magazine to offer fans content in Italian for the first time. The website attracted over 1 million unique visitors during the 2005/6 European season and the new Italian section
will provide unrivalled European club rugby statistics including tournament records, hundreds of player profiles and previews, photographs and results from the Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup action involving the six Italian sides competing in Europe.
Welcoming the move Jean-Pierre Lux Chairman of tournament organisers ERC said, "Italy has been a key part of both European tournaments since the launch of the Heineken Cup in 1995 when Benetton Treviso and Milan were the Italian pioneers.
The profile of the tournaments in Italy are growing and we hope that the development of the Italian site will contribute to further growth in this important market. ERC plan to continue to develop and improve the Italian offering over the coming months to ensure that ercrugby.com becomes the definitive source of European club rugby news in the three main languages of our two tournaments (England, French and Italian). We are delighted also to have the support of Rugby! magazine".
"Rugby!", the leading rugby magazine in Italy, will be an official partner to ercrugby.com/ita and supply regular articles for the website for the remainder
of the 2006/07 season, which reaches its finale with the London 07 Heineken Cup final at the Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, 20 May 2007.
"It's a great pleasure to support ERC to further open their arms to Italian fans in what represents a landmark for Italian rugby" said Enrico Borra, Rugby!
editor, "Italian rugby is growing at a strong pace and this new feature in the ERC website will back that growth".
Overmach Rugby Parma, Benetton Treviso and Rugby Calvisano all return to Round 3 Heineken Cup action this weekend in a tournament that see three Italian sides compete for the first time. GRAN Parma, Petrarca Rugby and Viadana return to European Challenge Cup tournament action this weekend.
See ercrugby.com/Ita for more details. Sotic are ERC's website providers. For further information on Rugby! email@example.com