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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
A successful 2008/09 season saw the back row receive the prestigious title of English Premiership Player of the season, along with his first International cap in the summer tour of 2009.
"Harlequins are a great club and one which I think is on the verge of great things in the coming years," he said.
"We have a squad with a great mix of youth and experience and we are trying to play a brand of rugby that will excite and challenge. I believe that through Harlequins a number of us can achieve our aims of playing for a winning club at the highest level whilst also pursuing our dreams of playing for our country.
"It is a real honour to be captain of one of the oldest rugby clubs in the world and certainly one of the most recognisable and in the short term I can't wait to lead the boys out on Friday in the Amlin Challenge Final, which will be our first major final since 2004."