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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
By contrast, Toulouse romped to a fairly routine bonus point win over Sale Sharks and look in the mood to dominate both this pool, and the competition, as they seek to write their name on the trophy for a record fourth time. They ran in five tries, two through the tournament's record try scorer, Vincent Clerc, and will travel to South West London in confident mood.
Last season's quarter finalists will meet the French giants knowing that defeat at home will effectively see them out of the tournament at the earliest possible stage. A dramatic turnaround is required by John Kingston's men, and it will be a tough ask given their form so far this season.