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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
On 20 October 2006, the influential lock will celebrate his 27th birthday on the same day that the 12th season of the Heineken Cup kicks off.
Ireland international and Lions player, O'Connell has featured in five Heineken Cup seasons so far in his career. The lock made his first Heineken Cup appearance in an away match against NEC Harlequins, when he replaced Mick O'Driscoll in the 51st minute of the match. On that occasion Munster were triumphant, beating Harlequins in Twickenham Stoop by 8-24.