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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
And the understrength units failed to record positive results. Perpignan went down 35-12, but the most surprising result saw Toulouse suffering a record defeat.
Their 82-19 reverse at the hands of Bourgoin was the club's heaviest ever defeat. The previous record was set in 1996 when London Wasps won 77-17 in the Heineken Cup pool stage.
Despite Saturday's results being insignificant for the forthcoming semi-finals - Perpignan were already eliminated and Toulouse safely through, Toulouse coach Guy Noves was furious with his side's performance.
"It's unacceptable. It shows that contrary to what is often said about Toulouse, we cannot field two top level teams. Now we know who we can count on for the next three matches."
While Perpignan can begin the week with a full squad of players, Toulouse are without wing/ full back Nicolas Jeanjean (hamstring), while there are doubts over prop Patrice Collazo (foot) and wing Cédric Heymans (groin).