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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.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 Dubliners, who have won three of the last four Heineken Cup finals, managed to come away with a 33-14 bonus point victory over the Scarlets in Dublin in the last round.
Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll was a late replacement against the Scarlets as he continues his comeback from an ankle injury and Leinster will need all of his experience at this stage of the tournament.
The Irish province, who lifted the trophy in 2009, 2011 and 2012, will be wary of their away trip to face the Chiefs who have an impressive reputation on their home ground.
The English Premiership side only lost 9-6 when they two sides met in Dublin in the opening game of this Pool and they would relish the chance to become the side that knocked the champions out of the competition.
Leinster are facing the prospect of missing out on a place in the last eight of the Heineken Cup for the first time in five years - they last failed to reach the quarter-finals back in 2008.
|19/1/13||Exeter Chiefs||20 - 29||Leinster Rugby||10,198|
|13/10/12||Leinster Rugby||9 - 6||Exeter Chiefs||18,500|