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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
But they have been hit by an 11th hour scrum half crisis. Jean-Baptiste Elissalde damaged a hamstring in the Test against Wales and yesterday (Sunday) Frédéric Michalak suffered an ankle injury in the win over Narbonne - leaving them with only 21-year-old Sylvain Dupuy as a specialist No 9.
However, star centre Yannick Jauzion believes France's current position at the head of the European rugby table, courtesy of their domination of the 2004 RBS Six Nations Championship, will rub off on Toulouse as they take on Edinburgh Rugby at Stadium de Toulouse on Saturday afternoon.
"Our aim is to keep hold of the Heineken Cup - and I believe we have the means within our squad with which to do that," said the 25-year-old.
"We beat Edinburgh Rugby in Toulouse after losing to them in Scotland. They have a side with some top quality players - they have 11 internationals in their side so they certainly pose a threat.
"However, we will be putting everything we have into beating them at 'Le Stadium' on Saturday."Some of us were in the French team that recorded a large win over Scotland in the Six Nations and the way in which we dominated them in that game will stay with us for the quarter-final. We will think about that and without a doubt it will give the players confidence. Hopefully it will help us beat Edinburgh."