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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
The Wallabies and New Zealand are the top two sides in the Test rankings - but found themselves second best to England and France in last Saturday's encounters.
The former Stade Francais, Bristol and Swansea boss said: "Handling the pressure of a knockout tournament is something we don't have. There is always tomorrow in the Super 14. There are enough games that if you have one bad game you can make up for it.
"There is no doubt, the Heineken Cup is very tough. The Premiership in England, you are playing for the top four, top six, promotion and relegation. They are huge stakes every week.
"It brings a different style of rugby. It is not always a better style of rugby. It is a no-risk style whereas the southern hemisphere teams play a freer style."