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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Director of rugby Alan Gaffney feels his side are on the right track after qualifying for the semi-finals of the Anglo-Welsh cup, with plenty of players available to strengthen his side.
He admitted they are now looking for two wins in their next two games against Viadana, starting at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
"We are looking for two wins. There are no easy pools but some are easier than others, for instance Llanelli have got Munster next and we have got Viadana so you know which game you would rather draw," he said.
"Alternatively you have still got to do the business. In my old days in Munster I remember going to Treviso and how we walked away with a win is one of the great mysteries, but we went over there with the wrong attitude.
"We are playing them at home which is a bonus. There is every chance Chris Jack could be available, he has been training, as will Brent Russell. It will be exciting to see those two players coming into the fold.
"I feel things are beginning to come together for us. We are learning to close games out and are showing a lot more mental fortitude than has happened in recent years."