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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.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 a new challenge for me and it's exciting," he said.
"I have been following Leinster for a couple of year now and since I signed at the start of the year I have watched all of their games.
"It's tough getting to the top like Leinster have but it is even tougher staying there.
"The boys have been working hard through pre-season and I have only been here a couple of days and have already felt it.
"I think we are going to have a big season.
"Leinster is a leading European club, regularly challenging for top honours, and its great to be involved."
Leinster, who lifted their second Heineken Cup title in Cardiff in May, begin the defence of their crown with a trip to Montpellier in November, before welcoming Glasgow Warriors to the RDS the following week.