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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Not only have the Falcons lost England star Jonny Wilkinson with a reoccurrence of a shoulder injury, but now they have lost wingers Michael Stephenson and Tom May.
Both sustained injuries during their 29-25 Zurich Premiership defeat to NEC Harlequins on Sunday.
Stephenson injured his elbow when he crashed into the dug-out shortly after scoring a 68th-minute try that levelled the scores at 22-22.
"He's definitely dislocated his elbow," said Falcons boss Rob Andrew.
"It's a question of whether he's fractured anything in the process. He's gone off to hospital to have it checked."
May went off on the hour mark with a neck injury, but there is no indication yet as to how serious the duo's injuries are.
The northerners - who were without shoulder injury-victim Wilkinson - looked to have snatched victory when fly-half Dave Walder put over an injury-time drop goal to break the deadlock, but Harlequins had the final say when prop Ceri Jones was driven over for the decider in the ninth minute of stoppage time.