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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
"Even taking the most conservative view, I do not think it would be exaggerating to say that Aviva Stadium could have an impact of some €250 million on the local economy each year.
The former Lansdowne Road has a rich Heineken Cup pedigree having hosted two previous finals in 2003 when Toulouse defeat Toulouse defeat Perpignan and 1999 when Ulster overcame Colmiers. The "old lady" has also staged four Heineken Cup semi-finals, three quarter-finals and several home Pool matches for Leinster.