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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
"There will be no easy games for us, remembering our defeat at Edinburgh in 2005, and Leinster are one of the most talented teams in Europe and always a danger. Castres are a team on the up in France and have in the past proved one of the most difficult teams to beat on the big occasion, as we experienced in our winning year of 2006/07, when both our games against them went down to the wire.
'I'm sure that London Wasps fans will pack out Adams Park to support us in our quest to regain the trophy we won in 2007, and I hope the large majority of supporters who out numbered the best supported team in England at the Guinness Premiership Final last month will be there to get behind the team in all our fixtures next season.'