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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Two rip roaring pool matches - with one win each had already preceded this match-up, and when the draw was made that set up the third meeting between the two giants of European rugby...the continent drew a sharp intake of breath in anticipation of what was called the 'Battle of Britain.'
In order to maximise the convenience of the loyal Llanelli fans, Scarlets chief executive Stuart Gallagher, arranged for free coaches to take the fans to Nottingham's city ground.
Well, now Northampton have gone one step further- the flights nay not be free, but they have chartered a second aeroplane to Toulouse for the club's Heineken Cup quarter-final on April 12.
The extra flight will transport the Frankin's Gardens faithful to the heart of Toulouse to watch what will be a heated quarter-final between two of the tournament favourites
The Saints' aeroplane will leave Luton at about 8am and will arrive in Toulouse at 10.30am with coach transport standing by to take supporters to the city centre.
A coach will return to the centre at midnight to pick the supporters up again after they have had time to eat some French fayre and to meet the players for a traditional post-match drink.
The flight will leave Toulouse at about 2am on Sunday and will fly into Luton at 2.40am.
Northampton Saints commercial director Allan Robson said: "We received lots of calls from disappointed fans inquiring on whether we had been able to sort out another trip following the news about Buzz.
"We were already running a VIP trip complete with accommodation, but at least this one will allow fans to fly in and out of Toulouse to catch the game and to have some fun."
Northampton and Toulouse kick-off their Heineken Cup quarter-final on Saturday April 12. ercrugby.com will cover the event in its entirety. Check the 'Broadcast centre' near the day of kick-off for details.