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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.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 had our moment against Biarritz last season and our aim is to build on what we have learnt and enhance the reputation of Aironi.
"We did play Leicester Tigers as Viadana in the 2009/10 season and this time we are in with three huge teams and the interest they generate in Italy will be enormous.
"The Heineken Cup is a pretty unforgiving competition and you just have to look at some of the proven European sides who failed to get out of the Pools last time to see the task we face trying to progress.
"However we are just delighted to be playing against three top teams and measure how we are developing."