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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.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 return of British Lions wing Tommy Bowe has added further firepower though they will be grateful to kick-off the Heineken Cup at Ravenhill.
The Ulstermen have won their last 11 games at home in the Heineken Cup, including victories over some of the biggest names in Europe such as ASM Clermont Auvergne and Leicester Tigers.
In stark contrast, Castres, consistent performers in the Top 14, have one of the worst away records in the tournament having won just won of their last 17 games on the road in the Heineken Cup.
Key to turning that form around will be former Ravenhill favourite Pedrie Wannenberg who replaced No8 Chris Masoe at Castres in the summer after playing every game in Ulster's march to the final.
|19/1/13||Castres Olympique||8 - 9||Ulster Rugby||7,632|
|12/10/12||Ulster Rugby||41 - 17||Castres Olympique||11,451|