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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
O'Driscoll has been absent from competitive rugby since his early exit from the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand said: "My desire from the beginning of this season has always been to play for Leinster and Ireland and I am thrilled to remain within the current set up. I am now looking forward to getting myself back on the field playing as soon as possible and working with the coaching staff in both Leinster and Ireland for the remainder of the season".
O'Driscoll's commitment to Leinster and Irish rugby is part of the ongoing contractual negotiations with Irish International and provincial players.
Philip Browne, Chief Executive, IRFU said: "The IRFU is delighted that Brian has pledged his immediate future to Leinster and that he will continue to play his rugby in Ireland. There is no doubting his ability at the very highest level and it is a testament to both Brian and to the current structures that are in place at both provincial and international level that he has chosen to remain in Ireland".
"It is the on-going determination of the IRFU where possible to keep the leading players at home and manage their welfare. It is, therefore, most pleasing to see that a player of Brian's standing in the game has committed himself to both club and country".
Mick Dawson, Chief Executive, Leinster Rugby said: "I'm delighted that Brian has committed himself to Leinster Rugby. This will be a great boost to all involved with the team, his fellow players, the coaching staff and not least the supporters. It's very important to us that we keep our best players at home and continue to be as competitive as possible in all competitions. I now look forward to seeing Brian back playing as soon as possible".