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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Their Pool 3 fixture against Biarritz Olympique will be a repeat of last season's Heineken Cup quarter-final and will be re-played at the same venue - Lansdowne Road, where a record quarter-final crowd of more than 42,000 saw last season's game.
For the first time since the inaugural season in the Heineken Cup the Dubliners will be playing their Pool matches at the home of Irish rugby. The Lions launched their home European career eight years to the day of their first game in the 2003/2004 campaign when they beat Pontypridd 23-22 at Lansdowne Road on 6 December, 1995.
The Leinster side on that occasion was led by Chris Pim and featured current London Irish chief executive Conor O'Shea at full back, World Cup referee Alain Rolland at scrum half, Sunday Tribune columnist Neil Francis at lock and current Irish internationals Shane Byrne, Victor Costello and Eric Miller.