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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Wasps lock Richard Birkett said, 'We are expecting a very physical match. Ponty are a tough, hard side to beat and we expect nothing less.
This is our first gateway into Europe next season and it's a massive opportunity for us and we have got to take it. Particularly in this first leg, we have got to dominate them and try and get a good healthy lead so when we go down there - to Sardis Road - we have a good chance.'
London Wasps v Pontypridd kick-off 12/04/03 1730(S4C)
London Wasps: M van Gisbergen; J Lewsey, F Waters, S Abbott, J Rudd; A King, R Howley; C Dowd, P Greening, W Green, S Shaw, R Birkett, J Worsley, M Lock, L Dallaglio (capt)
Replacements; M Wood, K Logan, A Erinle, P Volley, P Scrivener, A McKenzie, T Leota
Pontypridd: B Davey; G Wyatt, S Parker, J Bryant, E Lewis; N Jenkins, G Baber; G Jenkins, M Davies, D Bell, R Sidoli, B Cockbain, G Lewis, R Parks, M Owen
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)