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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Pau qualify for the quarter-finals on + 5 points difference
Pau: S Jonnet; N Sestaret, E Artiguste, D Traille, M Pearson; D Aucagne, P Carbonneau; F Guatieri, M Tincu, O Sourgens, M Jolly, G Morgan, J Carre, B Bordenave, I Harinordoquy.
Replacements: D Laperne, M Larrouy, T Cleda, P Som, J-C Cistacq, J-B Peyras-Loustalet, D Arrieta.
GR.A.N.Rugby Parma: D Sacca; G Rodriguez, F Quaglia, S Caffaratti, M de Rossi; R Nel, L Villagra;
C Prestera, F Berzieri, C Nieto, F Minello, D Colli, E Candiago, R Mey, D Stead.
Replacements: L Artal, D Gatti, C Festuccia, P Ceron, A Medea, M Serraggiotto, P Degli Antoni.
Parma's three try second half salvo earned them a magnificent victory over last year's PARKER PEN SHIELD quarter-finalists. Back row man Ryaan Mey grabbed two of the tries to set up a 21-16 win. Pau beat Heineken Cup side Perpignan in their last home game and have never lost at Stade du Hameau in the PARKER PEN tournaments.
Pau make an astonishing 13 changes - one positional - to the side that started in Italy .
Six changes are made behind the scrum and seven in it. Only full back Sylvain Jonnet and no 8 Bruno Bordenave survive, though former Walesugby League cap Martin Pearson moves from fly half to left wing, with a whole host of international players returning.
In the backs, French caps David Aucagne and Philippe Carbonneau team at half back with Damien Traille, Imanol Harinordoquy, Romanian Marius Tincu and Australian Garrick Morgan among the star names lined up to start.