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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Victory over South Africa would create a new world record for most consecutive international matches unbeaten at one venue, surpassing France's 17-game Parc des Princes run during the 1980s and Australia's current 17-match feat at Ballymore in Brisbane.
**Australian-born Ben Hinshelwood will make his first start for Scotland against Fiji at Murrayfield tomorrow.
The Worcester full-back, who qualifies for Scotland through his dad - and former international - Sandy, arrived in Britain three years ago primarily to take up a post in the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
However, Hinshelwood, who has won three caps as a substitute, will get his first full cap as Scotland aim for a clean sweep in their three-game Autumn Test series.
Hinshelwood is one of four changes to the Scotland side which followed a first-Test win against Romania with a victory over South Africa last week, the first triumph over the Springboks in 33 years.
**Argentina have made just one change from the side which beat Italy last weekend for Saturday's international against Ireland at Lansdowne Road.
Castres prop Mauricio Reggiardo has regained his place in the front row at the expense of Roberto Grau having been dropped for the Italian game following a poor performance against Australia in Buenos Aires the week before.
Otherwise it is same again for the Pumas, who recorded a 36-6 victory over the Italians in Rome.
**France and Montferrand wing Aurelien Rougerie has finally taken the training field again after suffering horrific throat injuries during a pre-season match against London Wasps.
**Ireland could be set to follow the recent trend and blood a Rugby League star for the international 15-man game, with Great Britain and Wigan League centre Gary Connolly having been singled out by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU).
The 31-year-old has been sounded out by the IRFU with a view to the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, and with Connolly seemingly keen to oblige, his World Cup dream could become a reality.