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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.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 French aristocrats emerged as 18-9 winners at home and, of course, went on to become the first side to lift the Heineken Cup with the famous extra-time victory over Cardiff at the old National Stadium in the Welsh capital.
Now 17 years later, Toulouse will travel to Italy to face one of the most improved teams in the tournament and who now compete in the Pro12 and have taken the scalps of some of the big names of European rugby.
Guy Noves, the Toulouse coach, who saw his side record a comfortable 23-9 victory over Leicester Tigers in the Pool opener, will be wary of any kind of complacency amongst his star-studded line-up.
Meanwhile Treviso coach Franco Smith will be looking for a response from his side after their disappointing 38-17 defeat to Pro12 champions, the Ospreys, in their Pool opener at the Liberty Stadium.
Smith had hoped to see his Treviso side build on their shock victory over the Welsh side on the opening weekend of the Pro 12 season, but they failed to find their feet in Swansea.
The Italian outfit, who conceded four tries against the Ospreys, will be wary of Toulouse's teenage sensation Gael Fickou who scored the only try for the French giants against the Tigers.
But Treviso will need to improve on their discipline, they suffered three yellow cards in Wales, if they are to add Toulouse to the list of big-names they have beaten at home in recent times.
Flanker Thierry Dusautoir produced the joint-most (three) turnovers won in round one.
The only previous meeting between the two teams came in the inaugural season of Heineken Cup rugby in Toulouse on 12 December 1995, with the home side winning 18-9.
Treviso have won two of their last three home games against Top14 opponents, beating Perpignan and Biarritz.
The Frenchmen have won their opening two games of a Heineken Cup campaign for the past five seasons.
Toulouse have lost their last two away games in the Heineken Cup.
|13/1/13||Toulouse||35 - 14||Benetton Treviso||15,382|
|20/10/12||Benetton Treviso||21 - 33||Toulouse||5,000|
|15/12/95||Toulouse||18 - 9||Benetton Treviso||6,085|