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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Biarritz have shown the form that has them frontrunners again this year. Do you think they can go all the way on what you have seen so far this season?
MILES: I think they will be harder for the experience of last year.
Maybe Biarritz needed to go through losing that final to be able to win it this time, like Munster. There is no doubt that they are in a nice pool and could have done no more up to this point.
There could be a couple of flies in the ointment though in terms of winning this tournament. Domestically in France Stade Francais are the best team so far this season - they are going great guns in the Top 14. The second fly in the ointment is Munster.
The champions have already gone to Welford Road this season and won a great wet-weather game and then played beautiful rugby against Bourgoin. They look every bit a team empowered by being champions and any team that wins this year, Biarritz or otherwise, will have to get past them.
So I am not saying they will win it, but Biarritz will be in the mix.
If it is wet and windy, do you think Borders could pull of a shock here and blow this group wide open?
MILES: There is the climate and there is also the tradition of rugby in the Borders. The Borders is a special and proud place for rugby and they will put up a very good fight.
Never mind the weather, if Biarritz are not on their game mentally and approach the match thinking we have beaten Saints so we can beat this lot, they could be caught off guard.
MILES: Biarritz should be too strong for Borders and I back them to maintain their winning streak, even if it rains hard and the wind blows.
They won at Leicester in awkward conditions and you could go as far to say they might prefer the rain over the sunshine they play under at home. They can win in both types of weather but rain or shine, this is an intriguing and enticing start to a Saturday of Heineken Cup rugby.
Is it already over for London Irish in the Heineken Cup or can they give themselves a slight chance of staying alive with a win?
MILES: If I am being totally honest I have to say it might have gone for Irish, especially with the nature of the pool containing Scarlets and Toulouse.
There is a chance that all these sides might all beat each other, but getting through this pool was going to be difficult enough when all four sides were level on zero points, but now Irish are nine points behind, they are a long way back.
This should still be a great day and I would love to be there. There really should be a great atmosphere in Reading.
London Irish have played some very good rugby recently and are showing signs of being back to where they were when they qualified for this tournament. Make no mistake, they are not there to take part in a jamboree.
European points are on the table and if they do the double over Ulster, maybe they would be right back into it. Even if they weren't, it would give them a lot confidence for the rest of their season in the Guinness Premiership and it would be special for them as a club.
After Ulster's impressive start against Toulouse, they now find themselves in a slightly sticky position with the defeat to Scarlets. Because Llanelli came and won here, does that mean Ulster must do the same and do you think they can win here?
MILES:: Ulster Didn't play well that night in Wales and to be frank, they didn't deserve to win. They did get away with something in the form of a losing bonus point and defeat was not the end of the world.
My worry is that failing to get the fourth try bonus point at home to Toulouse might cost them more. This group, particularly for Ulster could be a tale of the bonus points come its climax - the one gained at Scarlets and one lost at Ravenhill against Toulouse.
They need to get back on the winning track. If Ulster are serious contenders in this competition, then they need to win home and away against London Irish over the next two weeks.
The first thing Ulster will do is find out what happened at Stradey between Scarlets and Toulouse and that will tell them what needs to be done in Reading. It all matters: bonus points and results elsewhere.
Come week six, there will be a game somewhere, possibly two, that determines the outcomes of pool five.
MILES: Ulster will go there and do the job. They are a very good side with one or two players who are blossoming into front-line international players, such as Isaac Boss, Neil Best and Andrew Trimble.
They have real quality and it might just shine through at the Madejski Stadium.
After their win at Kingsholm, Agen have to be taken seriously as contenders now. Is it fair to say they have been the surprise package in this year's competition?
MILES: The statistics from the England v France matches in the Heineken Cup make grim reading for English rugby fans this year. The French clubs lead 4-1 with England's only victory a narrow win for Wasps at home to Castres.
The majority of those French victories have been in France but Agen's was at Kingsholm and that would be the worrying one for the Guinness Premiership because Gloucester had been flying high and Agen came and did a convincing job.
Top 14 has the wood on the GP, and Agen now try and take that to Ireland. They are a good side and like the look if this game.
Are you expecting a fierce response from Leinster after their defeat in Edinburgh?
MILES: Firstly with Leinster, I like the look of any game with them in it because they play very attractive rugby.
Attractive though wasn't enough against Edinburgh. It is not always a case of winning ugly or winning pretty, just win.
You could see it all on Brian O'Driscoll's face when the whistle was blown on them. It said: "How did we let that happen? If we are going to win this competition we should not allow moments like this."
I expect a steely response. They came close to winning this competition last year and should be in the mix again.
MILES: I expect a determined response form Leinster and a home win.
We have seen the last international match at the old Lansdowne Road and this will be Leinster's last match on this ground in this competition.
They will want to sign off with a win and a performance. It is not a ground they have used very often but it has done well for them, allowing more and more people to watch Leinster rugby.
There will be a healthy crowd and I expect a healthy win.