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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
But they can maintain the pressure with a victory over the Exiles, who edged past I Cavalieri Prato for their first European triumph seven weeks ago.
Grenoble have never overcome English opposition while in European action and just two points separate the two sides.
They were on the receiving end of a heavy defeat by Toulon last weekend but remain sixth in the Top 14.
The Exiles, in their first season of European action, have the opportunity to claim a first win over French opponents in the competition.
They go into the encounter at Stade Lesdiguieres buoyed by their 15-9 victory over London Irish.
Gordon Ross kicked four penalties in the victory and Lyn Jones will be hoping his fly-half remains on target.
• Grenoble have failed to win any of their four home games against English sides (D1, L3).
• London Welsh lost their only encounter against a French side in this competition; 19-68 against Stade Francais Paris in October, their first game in the Amlin Challenge Cup.
• London Welsh have averaged the most penalty goals (4.5) in the Amlin Challenge Cup in 2012/13.
• Aloisio Buto has beaten more defenders than any other player in this tournament so far (12).
|15/12/12||London Welsh||13 - 27||Grenoble||1,630|
|7/12/12||Grenoble||0 - 28||London Welsh||5,800|