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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Tries from Mark Cueto, Magnus Lund, Oriol Ripol and Chris Mayor led Sharks to victory over Tigers in Twickenham Stadium.
As the 2005 European Challenge Cup champions, and 2006 Heineken Cup quarter-finalists, the English champions have their sights set on Europe.
"It has been a long journey with highs and lows, and this is a great achievement for us," said England star Hodgson, who kicked 23 points in miserable conditions.
"We want to progress as a club and be a dominant force in Europe, and this is the first step in that direction.
"The test will come next season, and whether we can continue in the same vein."