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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Leicester Tigers v Toulouse
Stade Francais Paris v Biarritz Olympique
The games will be played on the weekend of April 23/24. Venues, kick-off-times, broadcasting details, match officials and ticket information will be published as soon as possible this week.
The game between Leicester Tigers, who became the first English club to win an away quarter-final when they beat Leinster 29-13 in front of a quarter-final record crowd of 48,500 at Lansdowne Road on Saturday, and Toulouse, who beat Northampton Saints 37-9 on Friday night, will be a re-match of their semi-final clash of 1997.
On the occasion Leicester triumphed 37-11 on their own Welford Road ground to stop the French giants retaining their Heineken Cup title. Leicester were beaten in the final by Brive but went on to win the trophy in 2001 and 2002.
Toulouse have also won the Heineken Cup twice and, like Leicester, will be aiming to reach a fourth final. They were champions in 1996 and 2003, but were beaten 27-20 by London Wasps at Twickenham last year.
The game between French champions Stade Francais Paris and Biarritz Olympique will be the fourth time that two French sides have contested a Heineken Cup semi-final. Brive pipped Toulouse on try count in 1998, Colomiers beat Perpignan in 1999 and Toulouse defeated Biarritz 19-11 in Bordeaux last season.