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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Sky Sports' Miles Harrison reflects on the first week of Heineken Cup action and looks ahead to an equally hectic second round this weekend.
An excellent start to the Heineken Cup with lots of fascinating rugby played on a first weekend which had everything.
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The task for week one surprise packages Edinburgh Rugby is to follow up with a victory in south Wales against Neath-Swansea Ospreys. It's difficult to call, if Edinburgh can do it on their travels - and this will be just as much of a challenge as Toulouse at home - then it will certainly prove a point and be a huge psychological boost. I'm going for a home win in this one, though.
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On Saturday, London Wasps and Gloucester should both make it two wins out of two. Wasps are in Italy against Calvisano and will have too much for their hosts, while the Kingsholm factor will prove to be too awesome for Philippe Saint-Andre's Bourgoin as the former Gloucester coach returns to the west country.
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Northampton Saints have a tough job on their hands against a rugged Agen side at Franklin's Gardens. It was plain to see from the French club's match against The Borders how much they have up front, but I think home advantage is key and Northampton are another team in must-win territory.
Our first Sky live match on Saturday is Celtic Warriors' visit to the Pyrenees to take on Perpignan. The Catalans were dismal at times in Wycombe on Sunday, and were also made to look poor. I can't see them being as bad as that again, and with Daniel Herbert, Scott Robertson and possibly Tim Stimpson in the mix this time I can't see beyond them.
Munster are also on the Sky Sports menu with, on the face of it, a home banker against Benetton Treviso. After the superb start in Bourgoin, which proved the Irishmen are a big match team, I can't see them failing but I'm backing Sale Sharks to cause an upset on Sunday against Biarritz Olympique.
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Also on Sunday, there is a superb day in The Borders, where the local side take on Llanelli Scarlets at Netherdale in Galashiels - live on Sky Sports. I know they are really looking forward to this day in one of the traditional strongholds of the game. I hope they have a big crowd and a really good day, but I don't think their team will win.
Leicester Tigers are also live on Sky Sports on Sunday, as they welcome The Dragons to Welford Road. Dean Richards has got his first-choice pack fit for this match and that eight is something to put the frighteners on any team. Saturday's defeat in Paris means the Tigers are another must-win side and, as always, will have a big crowd to back them.
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PREDICTIONS: I'm going for Cardiff to spring a surprise against Leinster, but no shocks at Welford Road for the Tigers.