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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Sale Sharks bounced back from the disappointment of their defeat in the opening game of their Amlin Challenge Cup with a resounding victory over Spanish champions CR La Vila.
The Premiership side crossed for nine tries with Samoan centre Jonny Leota scoring a hat-trick of tries in their 59-6 win at Edgeley Park to put their European campaign back on track after the defeat in Brive last weekend.
The hosts opening score came courtesy of a penalty try after 16 minutes, which Rob Miller converted to give his side a 7 v 0 lead.
Captain Andy Powell and Andrew Higgins then both touched down in quick succession for the Sharks with Miller adding the extras to Higgins' score.
Nick McCashin grabbed two late first half penalties for the Spanish side to take them into the break 19 v 6 down.
Leota scored the first of his tries just after the break followed by tries from Burrell and then Willis, all of which Miller converted.
Richie Vernon grabbed Sale's seventh try before two Leota tries in the final two minutes wrapped the game up for the English Premiership side.
Stade Francais 49 v 3 Bucharest Wolves
Stade Francais cruised to a comfortable 49-3 home victory over Romanian side Bucharest Wolves to record their second victory in the Amlin Challenge Cup.
Antoine Burban opened the scoring for the hosts with Jerome Fillol adding the extras with the conversion.
In a one-sided first half, Francis Fainifo, Byron Kelleher and Laurent Sempere all touched down with Fillol adding six points with the boot.
Morgan Turinui then scored the first of his tries which Fillol again converted.
Florin Vlaicu, who starred for the Wolves last weekend in their victory over Crocitai kicked his side's only points with a first half penalty.
Turinui went onto score his second try and Hugo Bonneval rounded off the scoring.