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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
That follows The Borders' first match in the Heineken Cup, which the European Rugby Cup today confirmed is to be played on Saturday, 6 December, away to Agen.
The Borders' Chief Executive Alastair Cranston said: "Having the match on Sky and broadcast all around the world is great news for The Borders, and I would say that this is the biggest game to be played in the area since the All Blacks played at Hawick in 1979. It's a big window of opportunity for us and particularly for some of our young players who are now coming through and starting to prove that they're as good as any players in the Celtic League. By then we'll also have our five players back from the World Cup.
"It was a big achievement for the team to qualify for the Heineken Cup in its first year. There is no group that isn't without very good sides but I think that the fixtures could work out well for us, with being away to Agen first and then having Llanelli at home.
"We must compete and perform," Cranston continued. "People will come to see the stars who are playing in the Heineken Cup and they'll be expecting an exciting spectacle too. We aim to create that spectacle on and off the pitch."