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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
'At Castres we know that the PARKER PEN SHIELD is an important competition for the club and the players.
And if typically French fashion, Inbanez describes the significance of being involved in European rugby.
"Castres v Pau is an interesting game. We Castres players need that European fresh air to blow those black French championship clouds above us!"
The France international hooker echoes the views of many players this season that the added challenge of facing unknown opposition in the PARKER PEN SHIELD is a challenge the players enjoy.
"This season, PARKER PEN SHIELD games we have played in have been open, balanced and exciting, and the sort of break from domestic competition that al the players enjoy.
And Ibanez predicts a fast paced series of games with both sides eager to progress to the final to keep their season alive.
"I hope Pau will play the game, like us, because like us they would like success in the PARKER PEN SHIELD.'And Jean-Louis Luneau, Pau's headcoach said: "The PARKER PEN SHIELD is a serious competition, with serious rugby matches. I am happy that we have will play at home the second leg, because it's very often a big advantage."