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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Coming so quickly of the back of the first weekend of action, the second set of pool matches will be equally intriguing and no less crucial for those with designs on qualification. Tired limbs and aching bodies will need to be once again readied for the fight and another 80 minutes or so of almost test match level rugby.
Teams that kicked off with a win last week will be looking to consolidate their victories and take another step towards the last eight. Sale's win away in France, for example, will mean nothing if they are then turned over at home by Munster and likewise Harlequins will need to build on their terrific fight back against the Scarlets with a victory in more familiar surroundings at home to Ulster. Such is the level of Heineken Cup rugby that sides will want to build on the momentum of last week's victory and keep the confidence flowing and spirits in the camp high.