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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.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 Sportsground, Saturday, April 2 - kick-off 1pm)
Jason Robinson's Sale side travel to Ireland on the first leg of a campaign to win the title they secured in 2002, courtesy of a thrilling 25-22 victory over Pontypridd in the final.
With Robinson coming back from injury and England stars Charlie Hodgson and Mark Cueto in the backline, the Sharks will be looking for a healthy lead to take back to the second leg at Edgeley Park.
For their part, Connacht are in the Cup semi-finals for the second year running, having lost out to eventual champions NEC Harlequins at this stage last season.
With Eric Elwood and Paul Warwick vying for kicking duties, Connacht know they have the firepower to make any team pay for their mistakes.
PAU v BRIVE
(Stade de Hameau, Sunday, April 2 - kick-off 2pm)
Pau won this title in 2000, and are keen to take advantage of the home venue for the first leg against a Brive side who also have a proud record in Europe.
Brive will be keeping a close eye on Pau backrower Patrick Tabacco, while the home side will hope elusive centre Ludovic Valbon has an off-day, because he can rip apart most defences.