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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan's plans have been hit by the fact he is unable to select 12 regular squad members because of injuries.
With Saturday's captain Brian O'Driscoll expected to be rested, Ulster fly-half David Humphreys is set to skipper the side.
O'Sullivan will name his 15 on Wednesday.
**Wales look certain to be without centre Tom Shanklin for the rest of BT Autumn International Series against Canada and New Zealand.
The 22-year-old Saracens star limped off after nine minutes of Wales' 58-14 victory over Fiji at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff last Saturday.
Jamie Robinson is expected to replace the 22-year-old for the Test against Canada on Saturday.
**Australia's Owen Finegan is facing a battle to be fit for next year's Rugby World Cup after dislocating his shoulder in the 18-9 defeat by Ireland in Dublin.
The 30-year-old versatile lock or flanker will need a complete reconstruction of the shoulder after being injured mid-way through the first-half at Lansdowne Road.
And the Aussies injury worries continue with the news that Stephen Larkham has pulled his hamstring and is a major doubt for his side's game against England.
**Former French international Thierry Lacroix is expected to come out of retirement to sign for last season's Heineken Cup semi-finallists Castres Olympique on a seven-month contract.
Lacroix who formely played for Perpignan is France's second highest points scorer with 367 points from 43 games.