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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Ireland have three representatives in the World XV. Munster pair Paul O'Connell and Ronan O'Gara, and many peoples choice for World Player of the Year, Brian O'Driscoll.
These players will return to Heineken Cup action in just two weeks when the premier club competition in the World returns for the final two rounds of the Pool Stage.
L'Equipe Team of the Year:
Mils Muliaina (NZ); Joe Rokocoko (NZ), Brian O'Driscoll (Ire), Matt Giteau (Aus), Lote Tuqiri (Aus); Ronan O'Gara (Ire), George Gregan (Aus); Os du Randt (SA), William Servat (Fra), Sylvain Marconnet (Fra), Victor Matfield (SA), Paul O'Connell (Ire), Schalk Burger (SA), George Smith (Aus), Lawrence Dallaglio (Eng).