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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Thompson had been on the verge of joining Brive, the only French club outside Toulouse to have won the Heineken Cup, from Northampton last January but a serious neck injury forced Thompson to stop playing in April.
He said: "Part of the contract is that I learn French. The great thing about rugby is that it has given me another opportunity and I really want to buy into the culture out there."
Thompson will prepare Brive for Pool 3 of the European Challenge Cup where they will face Connacht Rugby, Spanish side El Salvador and Newcastle Falcons.