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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
"It's great for us as no-one will think about us challenging Toulouse," he told BBC Gloucestershire.
"But I'm sure we can.
"It's important for the three sides - Connacht, Quins and Gloucester - to fight it out and make sure we are giving ourselves a chance to compete against Toulouse.
"That first away game is massive. You can't really plan as it's a long way ahead but you know you've got a very big one to start off and then Quins the week after.
"It's always tough in France, no matter who you are.
"This is the Champions League of rugby. To play against one of the best sides in Europe from the past decade is a great challenge that we are looking forward to."