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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Munster coach Alan Gaffney said: "It is of course terribly disappointing to lose a quality player like Christian and I don't suppose it could have come at a worse time with the concluding stages of the Celtic competitions and the Heineken Cup upon us. It's particularly tough on him however and I can only wish him well in his recovery.
In relation to the deadline that looms for registration of players for the knock-out stages of the Heineken Cup Gaffney said: "Obviously we have been exploring that situation over the past while. Now we have to re-visit the issue with a different midset in light of the injury to Christian. We have until Thursday to nominate and we will be making no decision until then."