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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
|Andy Ward: Ulster skipper|
I'm concerned for Ulster now...They were well placed in Pool 1 after that amazing victory over Leicester Tigers at Ravenhill, but then got ripped apart themselves at Welford Road last week.
Saturday's Sky live opponents Stade Francais, as they proved against The Dragons at Stade Jean Bouin, are a very good side and it doesn't look good for Ulster - Stade could be out of their reach after the weekend.
Ulster can't afford to lose and Stade looked like a flowing team for the first time in this Heineken Cup campaign last time out. They have some wonderful players - Ignacio Corleto, Brian Liebenberg, Stephane Glas, Christophe Dominici and Diego Dominguez - a real classy back-line.
Prediction: It could go very wrong for Ulster in Paris, I'm not ruling them out as they are a superbly spirited side but would be more confident if the match was being played in Belfast. If Ulster go out, they could look back and see where they went awry at The Dragons in round one.
I'm really looking forward to The Dragons v Leicester Tigers. It will be my first job as a commentator at one of rugby's most evocative club venues - Rodney Parade in Newport. Yes, it's another massive match live on Sky Sports.
Wales v England clashes are mouth-watering at any time, but especially when so much rests on it.
|Johnson: Dragons test|
Munster are back in the Pool 5 driving seat after their bonus point victory over Gloucester last week They travel to north east Italy this week to face back-markers Benetton Treviso.
Treviso have caused upsets before at Stadio Comunale di Mongio, just ask Bourgoin, but I expect Munster to go there and do a job.
Prediction: This is a virtual certainty. Gloucester play Treviso at Kingsholm on the final day so Munster will be anxious to get a bonus point to avoid leaving themselves short.
And finally on Saturday, an emotional day for Bourgoin coach Philippe Saint-Andre as he `welcomes` old club Gloucester to Stade Pierre Rajon.
|Saint-Andre: Gloucester memories|