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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.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 French capital side retained the French Championship with a decisive 38-20 victory over Perpignan at a packed Stade de France on Saturday, 26 June. The victory made them the top seeds from France for the 10th anniversary Heineken Cup campaign next season.
It was a bittersweet day for outgoing coach Nick Mallett, who will leave the Paris side to return home to South Africa.
The 38-year-old Italian international Dominguez, who has scored 645 points in Heineken Cup history, kicked five penalties, dropped a goal and converted one of his side's two tries to provide a fitting end to his seven year career at Stade.
He left the field to a standing ovation after an hour to be replaced by David Skrela, who chipped in with a penalty and a conversion. The tries came Italian flanker Mauro Bergamasco and Argentinean fullback Ignacio Corleto, with Christophe Dominici completing the scoring with a drop goal.
'It's my fourth title with Stade Francais but I very much appreciated that the other players invited me to be the first one to lift the Bouclier de Brennus (the French championship's shield-shaped trophy),' said Dominguez.
'For me, they are not just players and they are not just team mates - they are my friends.'
For former Springbok coach, Mallett, it was a second successive French Championship title to add to the 1998 Tri-nations title and third place in the 1999 World Cup he clinched with South Africa.
Stade Francais dominated the final, leading 15-6 at halftime and 38-6 on the hour before Perpignan ran in consolation tries through wing Pascal Bomati and former Wallaby outside-half Manny Edmonds.