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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
But it will be the first Heineken Cup semi-final for top French official Jutge when he controls the all-Irish match between Leinster and Munster at Lansdowne Road on Sunday, 23 April.
However, both have refereed Heineken Cup finals, Rolland the 2004 showpiece occasion between London Wasps and Toulouse at Twickenham and Jutge the 2002 Millennium Stadium clash between Leicester Tigers and Munster.
HEINEKEN CUP 2006 SEMI-FINALS
(Both kick-offs LOCAL times)
Saturday, 22 April
16.00 Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque v Bath Rugby - Alain Rolland (Ireland).
Estadio Anoeta, San Sebastian - FR2 / Sky Sports
Sunday, 23 April
15.00 Leinster v Munster - Joel Jutge (France).
Lansdowne Road, Dublin - RTE / Sky Sports / Sports +
Christophe Berdos (France) and Nigel Owens (Wales) will referee the all-English European Challenge Cup semi-finals on the same weekend.
Berdos will be in charge at Kingsholm when Gloucester Rugby meet Worcester Warriors and Owens will control the match between Newcaste Falcons and London Irish at Kingston Park.
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP 2006 SEMI-FINALS
(Both kick-offs LOCAL time)
SATURDAY 22 APRIL
12.35 Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors - Christophe Berdos (France).
Kingsholm - Sky Sports
SUNDAY 23 APRIL
12.35 Newcastle Falcons v London Irish - Nigel Owens (Wales).
Kingston Park - Sky Sports