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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Lions Head Coach Clive Woodward sees Thomas' leadership skills as central to the touring side's chances of over turning the odds against the All Blacks in the remaining two tests in the series.
"Gareth Thomas is an outstanding player and a natural leader" said Woodward.
"After Saturday's match we are going to need big characters out there who can dig deep and show real fight and courage.