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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
We have now played in monsoon conditions in Bayonne and in the snow in Connacht. But if we keep our heads in Italy against I Cavalieri Estra then it is going to be a winner takes all clash at The Stoop against Bayonne in Round 6, said O'Shea.
We want to play in the Heineken Cup and we have our destiny in our own hands in two cup competitions the Amlin Challenge Cup and the LV= competition.
A lot of people say we are out of touch in the Premiership, but it is incredibly tight with only three points between third and eighth place.
Nick Evans landed five out of six first-half penalties at the Sportsground to give his side a 15-9 interval lead. There were no more points in the second half, although both sides had chances to score tries.
It was an unbelievable performance by the Connacht ground staff to get the game on and it was a performance to be proud of from my team. Plenty of teams have travelled to Connacht and slipped up, added O'Shea.
In those conditions it was never going to be a thriller, even though both sides tried to play. Quins back row man Tom Guest went to hospital for precautionary x-rays on his damaged ankle, while both prop Ceri Jones and wing Gonzalo Camacho picked up knee injuries. None are expected to keep them out of action for long.