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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
The BBC Grandstand cameras will be at Meadowbank on 7 December when Edinburgh Rugby clash with 1996 champions Toulouse - the first time a home Scottish match has been shown on network in the history of the competition.
Millions of armchair viewers will watch Todd Blackadder and his team go under the spotlight and attempt to go a step closer to breaking their own new ground and become the first Scottish team to qualify for the quarter-finals.
And with a record 10 million viewers tuning into the televised matches in Rounds 1 and 2 of the tournament, the Heineken Cup is also reaching new parts. The Italian broadcaster Tele + will show Amatori & Calvisano against Neath on 7 December followed by Viadana's fixture against Munster a week later.
In France viewers will have a bumper Round 4 weekend. On 14 December they will have Biarrtiz Olympique's clash with Ulster on FR2 and the following day the return between Toulouse and Edinburgh Rugby on FR3.
Dave McHugh (Ireland) and English referee Tony Spreadbury have been appointed to take charge of the two Edinburgh Rugby against Toulouse clashes with Welshman Nigel Williams on duty when champions Leicester Tigers host Beziers in Round 4 on 14 December in the BBC Grandstand game.
HEINEKEN CUP 2002 / 2003
(All kick-offs LOCAL time)
Friday, 6 December
Pool 2: Munster v Viadana 1930 Hugh Watkins (W) RTE
Pool 3: Sale Sharks v Llanelli 1945 Joel Jutge (F)
Pool 6: Ulster v Biarritz Olympique 1915 Tony Spreadbury (E) BBC NI / B Euro.
Saturday, 7 December
Pool 1: Amatori & Calvisano v Neath 1430 Dave Pearson (E) Tele +
Pool 4: Montferrand v Leinster Lions 1500 Paul Adams (W)
Swansea v Bristol Shoguns 1430 Giulio De Santis (It)
Pool 5: Edinburgh Rugby v Toulouse 1445 Dave McHugh (I) BBC
Newport v London Irish 1430 Joel Dume (F)
Pool 6: Northampton Saints v Cardiff 1500 Rob Dickson (S)
Sunday, 8 December
Pool 1: Beziers v Leicester Tigers 1500 Alan Lewis (I)
Pool 2: Gloucester v Perpignan 1315 Nigel Williams (W) B Euro. / FR3
Pool 3: Bourgoin v Glasgow Rugby 1500 Chris White (E)
(All kick-offs LOCAL time)
Friday, 13 December
Pool 3: Llanelli v Sale Sharks 1930 Alain Rolland (I) BBC W / B Euro
Glasgow Rugby v Bourgoin 1930 Giulio De Santis
Pool 4: Leinster Lions v Montferrand 1935 Chris White (E) RTE
Saturday, 14 December
Pool 1: Leicester Tigers v Beziers 1445 Nigel Williams (W) BBC
Neath v Amatori & Calvisano 1430 Eric Darriere (F)
Pool 2: Viadana v Munster 1800 Andy Ireland (S) Tele +
Perpignan v Gloucester 1500 Dave McHugh (I)
Pool 6: Biarritz Olympique v Ulster 1500 Dave Pearson (W) FR2/BBC NI/B Euro.
Sunday 15 December
Pool 4: Bristol Shoguns v Swansea 1500 Simon McDowell (I)
Pool 5: London Irish v Newport 1500 Antonio Lombardi (It)
Toulouse v Edinburgh Rugby 1400 Tony Spreadbury (E) FR3
Pool 6: Cardiff v Northampton Saints 1330 Joel Jutge (F) B Euro.