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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
"I'm absolutely devastated and will be seeing another specialist on 11 October. However, all I can do is continue the intensive treatment and hope and pray for the best".
While Howley may be out till January, the club did receive some good news in that Craig Dowd will make a return to action. The former All Black prop was named in the Wasps Zurich A League squad for tonight's game against Gloucester at Kingsholm, kick-off 7:30pm. Dowd, who ironically damaged his Achilles at Kingsholm last season, has made a remarkable recovery considering doctors said he would only be ready to play in December.
Former Wasps captain, Mark Weedon, will also make a return to competitive rugby this evening, as he was also included in the Wasps Zurich A squad. Weedon will play at lock.