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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Wasps today (Thursday) reported sales of 10,500 with a steady demand set to see them put up the "sold out" signs in the next few days.
And star Toulouse wing Vincent Clerc accepts that the majority of a packed Twickenham crowd will be behind Lawrence Dallaglio's team.
"We're thrilled to be playing Wasps - it gives an extra challenge because of the fact that we are going to be playing them in their own back yard," he said. "It means Twickenham will be full and it will be a fantastic atmosphere.
"We are now in the play-off phase of the French championship and we will use those matches to prepare for the final - they will help us to build up the pace of our game because we haven't really been performing 100% lately and we will have to give more than 100% if we are to beat the Wasps.
"Not many teams have won the Heineken Cup twice in a row - only Leicester - but that is our aim. We've also got the title to defend so a win would be for the players but also for the town and all the supporters.
"Wasps are the team that have been on form since the start of the Heineken Cup season. They are the favourites for the title but it's up to us to get them to slip up on their territory."
Fabien Pelous, who led France to the 2004 Grand Slam title and is aiming to take the Heineken Cup back to the Stade Ernest Wallon trophy cabinet for a record third time, added: "Wasps are a team with very few weaknesses.
"They are very strong in defence, they produce a very entertaining style of rugby but at the same time, they are physical and very good technically and tactically.
"Their one weak point would be that they concede a lot of penalties and can be undisciplined. But, otherwise, they have been huge all season.
"If we were to come up against a very weak team in the final, that wouldn't bother us - we just want to win it. But I think this final is what all French and English supporters would have dreamed of.
"It's going to be difficult to juggle the next six weeks or so because along with the final, we have to play our vital play-off matches.
"If we don't win the final and we don't make the semi-finals of the French championship, we won't be in the Heineken Cup next year. At a time when all of French rugby should be getting behind us ahead of the final, instead, everyone is thinking about their play-off games.
"We very much want to win this game, I believe we have as much motivation as Wasps - it is the Heineken Cup final after all. The desire is there but there are also other matters to take into account, such as physical fitness."