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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
100th game Bourgoin 18 NEC Harlequins 30 (27.09.97)
200th game Pontypridd 22 Colomiers 14 (26.11.99)
300th game Stade Francais Paris 40 London Wasps 10 (21.10.00)
400th game Leicester Tigers 54 Perpignan 15` (03.11.01)
500th game Leicester Tigers 7 Munster 20 (13.04.03)
Round 2 of the 2004/2005 Heineken Cup campaign will also see Rugby Calvisano host the 100th Heineken Cup game in Italy. Fittingly, they will entertain the reigning champions London Wasps.
Double winners Toulouse will have another landmark in their sights when they host Glasgow Rugby tonight (Friday). They need just 36 points to become the first side to notch 2,000 points in the Heineken Cup.
Having seen the 1,000,000th fan go through the turnstiles in England to watch Pool and quarter-final games at Bath last weekend, the Heineken Cup is now getting ready to celebrate its 5,000,000th customer. The record Round 1 turn-out of 111,624 last weekend means the competition is only 255,326 short of that landmark - a barrier that should be smashed in the Pool stages.
COMING UP …
50 up for Shane
Shane Byrne, the Ireland hooker, will make his 50th Heineken Cup appearance when Leinster meet Bath Rugby in Round 2 of the tournament at Lansdowne Road tomorrow. Only six players have so far received the ERC Elite Award for winning 50 Heineken Cup caps.
50 HEINEKEN CUP CAPS
61 Anthony Foley (Munster
53 Robin McBryde, Chris Wyatt (Llanelli Scarlets)
51 Victor Costello (Leinster), Fabien Pelous (Dax and Toulouse)
50 John Kelly (Munster)
and on 49
Christian Labit (Toulouse) - who is a replacement for Toulouse against Glasgow Rugby on Friday, 29 October, and Shane Byrne (Leinster).