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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
"Sky Italia will greatly enhance the stature of the Heineken Cup in Italy and we are delighted to have them back on board," said ERC Chairman Jean-Pierre Lux.
"This is a very significant deal for ERC and represents a huge boost for our tournaments in Italy. We believe that this partnership underlines the growing strength and appeal of the Heineken Cup across Europe."
The deal between ERC and Sky Italia also incorporates the European Challenge Cup and European Shield. The initial matches Sky Italia will broadcast are:
ROUND 1: Benetton Treviso v Leinster
ROUND 2: Rugby Calvisano v London Wasps
ROUND 3: Benetton Treviso v Bath Rugby
ROUND 4: Rugby Calvisano v Biarritz Olympique