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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
***Ulster, who host Stade Francais, will be looking to make it eight Heineken Cup wins in a row at Ravenhill. The last team to win on Irish soil in an official 'home' game against Irish opposition were Saracens in 2001, when they triumphed 21-13 at Ravenhill in the final round of Pool matches.
***David Humphreys' 15 points in Ulster's defeat against the Dragons took him to 343 in 35 games.
***Stade Francais will be seeking to win for the first time at Ulster's Ravenhill ground after twice failing there in the past. They were famously beaten there 33-27 in the 1998/99 semi-final and were also defeated 19-16 in 2001/2002.
***The Heineken Cup's leading points scorer, Diego Dominguez, now has 500 points for Stade Francais. The first player to reach 500 points in the competition, notched 16 points in last weekend's win over Leicester Tigers to take his tally for the French champions to 504 in 30 matches.
***Leicester Tigers will be bidding to avert a third successive Heineken Cup defeat for the first time when they host the Dragons on Sunday. Having lost their opening Pool 1 fixture against Stade Francais in Paris last weekend, they will be hoping to avert two successive home European defeats for the first time after losing to Munster in the quarter-finals at Welford Road last season.
***The Dragons will aim to become the first Welsh team to beat Leicester Tigers at Welford Road, Llanelli (twice), Pontypridd, Swansea and Neath have all been beaten on the Tigers' turf.
***The Dragons outside half Lee Jarvis moved into fifth place on the Heineken Cup all-time points scoring list with his 14 in the home win over
Ulster last weekend. He now has 397. His previous points were for Cardiff (176), Pontypridd (163) and Neath (44).