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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Narbonne are the other main contenders for the fourth and final Pool 2 play-off spot
The PARKER PEN SHIELD semi-finalists are not home and dry yet though - they must travel to Mont de Marsan on March 1 and come away with a win or a draw or Narbonne, who host Beziers that day are sure to take their chance to earn a place in the French knock-out stages with a chance of qualifying for the Heineken Cup.
Meanwhile, Pau's semi-final opponents, Castres almost caused the surprise of the weekend when they ran French champions Biarritz close. Drawing 13-13 at the break, Castres fought hard but the Heineken Cup quarter-finalists finally closed shop at 34-27.