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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Costello, central to their prospects to success in the Heineken Cup, has yet to play for the province since the appointment of Gary Ella to succeed his fellow Australian, Matt Williams, as coach.
Weakened by the absence of their World Cup players, Leinster failed to make any real impact in the inaugural Celtic Cup.
Now with the return of Costello and the likelihood that others like Brian O'Driscoll, Shane Horgan, Malcolm O'Kelly and Girvan Dempsey will be available for the Heineken Cup, they will be confident of a marked improvement.
The Lions were left disapointed when they bowed out of the 2002/3 Heineken Cup at teh semi-final stage.
A packed Lansdowne Road saw Perpignan upset the odds and come away with a 21-14 win.