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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Stephen Myler passed 1,000 points for Northampton in their Heineken Cup quarter-final victory over Ulster on the weekend and the Saints will hope the influential fly-half can guide them through this busy period of domestic action.
It is fourth versus second in the Magners League this weekend as Leinster host Ulster in Dublin. The Heineken Cup semi-finalists are just three points behind their opponents as the race for the end of season play-off's intensifies.
Ulster will be looking to put their European quarter-final defeat behind them as they travel to the RDS but Leinster will be in confident mood at home, having never lost to Ulster in Dublin in the Magners League.
Heineken Cup Champions Toulouse travel Toulon in the Top 14 this weekend looking to extend their lead in the table over Racing Metro.
While Toulouse were victorious south of the border in Spain last weekend in their European quarter-final, Toulon lost their last eight match against Perpignan in Barcelona so will turn their focus to domestic action and even though they find themselves in seventh, only 7 points separate them from second.
Perpignan have their first Heineken Cup semi-final to look forward to since 2003 but their attention will focus on hosting second-placed Racing Metro at the Stade Aime Giral on Saturday.
Whilst Jacques Brunel's side are currently in eighth it is all still to play for in the French Championship and victory on the weekend will lift Perpignan right back into contention for the end of season play-off's.
The last match between the sides back in October ended in a 18 v 18 draw.