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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.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's team will join Toulouse, Munster, Llanelli Scarlets, Leicester Tigers and Leinster Lions in having competed in 50 Heineken Cup matches since the launch of European club rugby's premier cross-border tournament in the summer of 1995 - Leinster Lions and Leicester Tigers both celebrating reaching the landmark last weekend with crucial victories.
And Munster No 8 Anthony Foley is no longer alone in winning 50 tournament "caps."
Llanelli Scarlets forwards Robin McBryde and Chris Wyatt - albeit the latter as a late replacement at Agen - have now also reached that milestone and will be presented with personalised embroidered caps in recognition of their achievements.
Meanwhile, Neil Jenkins is just nine points away from breaking through the 500-points barrier and joining Diego Dominguez, Ronan O'Gara and Stephen Jones as the exclusive "500-men."