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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
The Basque side, who lost out to Munster in the Heineken Cup final in Cardiff in May, defeated Toulouse in emphatic style 40-13 in Stade de France, scoring all of their five tries in the second half.
The make up and seedings of the 24 teams for the 2006/7 Heineken Cup are now known and the Pool draw will take place on Wednesday, 21 June.
The No 1 seeded teams from each of the six nations - France (Biarritz Olympique PB), England (Sale Sharks), Ireland (Ulster), Italy (Benetton Treviso), Wales (Cardiff Blues) and Scotland (Edinburgh Gunners) - will be drawn in separate Pools. No two teams from the same country will be drawn in the same Pool except for the seventh French club, Castres Olympique, who could face any of their six domestic rivals.
HEINEKEN CUP 2006 / 2007 QUALIFIERS
FRANCE (seven teams)
Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque (Top Seed), Toulouse, Stade Francais Paris, Perpignan, Agen, Bourgoin, Castres Olympique (seventh French team)ENGLAND (six teams)
Sale Sharks (Top Seed), Leicester Tigers, London Irish, London Wasps, Gloucester Rugby, Northampton Saints
IRELAND (three teams)
Ulster Rugby (Top Seed), Leinster Rugby, Munster Rugby
ITALY (three teams)
Benetton Treviso (Top Seed), Ghial Rugby Calvisano, Overmach Rugby Parma
WALES (three teams)
Cardiff Blues (Top Seed), Llanelli Scarlets, Ospreys
SCOTLAND (two teams)
Edinburgh Gunners (Top Seed), Border Reivers