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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
"I'm still disappointed but at the same time, things like that happen in sport," he told the Northampton Chronicle.
"There's two ways you can react to it. You can walk away or you can just get back in and more than anything, the squad needs a game.
"The sooner we get a big, competitive game under our belt the better. Move on and then it's a new season, everything starts blank. No one's got any Premiership points, no one's got any Heineken points and let's go at it again."
The 2010/11 finalists begin their European campaign next season with a trip to double European Champions Munster in Round One, before welcoming the Scarlets to Franklin's Gardens the following weekend.