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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Perpignan failed to qualify for last season's quarter-finals after away defeats to Newport Gwent Dragons and Exeter Chiefs, but did secure a victory on Italian soil last season.
And director of rugby Marc Delpoux, with Wales international James Hook pulling the strings at fly-half and new signing Luke Narraway settling in following his move from Gloucester, will hope there is a repeat of the 30-13 win over I Cavalieri Prato.
Meanwhile, Rovigo have won just six times from 56 matches in the Challenge Cup.
But the Italians have not tasted success since beating fellow French outfit Dax 24-11 at the Stadio Mario Battaglini on October, 18, 2008.
|17/1/13||Perpignan||40 - 22||Femi-CZ VEA Rovigo||5,278|
|13/10/12||Femi-CZ VEA Rovigo||12 - 79||Perpignan||1,000|