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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Exeter Chiefs got their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign back on track this afternoon with a convincing 68 v 0 victory over Italian side I Cavalieri Prato.
The Chiefs narrowly lost out to French side Perpignan in the opening round last weekend but were on top form at Sandy Park scoring 10 tries.
The hosts raced to an early lead, Ben White going over for the opening try after just two minutes. Argentina fly-half Ignacio Mieres converted and then slotted two further penalties before the match was 10 minutes old.
Cavalieri lost Emanuele Leonardi to the sin-bin and the Chiefs made the most of their advantage with Joseph Tatupu grabbing the first of his two scores.
As the first half drew to a close, the Italian side were again reduced to 14 men and again Exeter made the most of the situation, this time collecting two tries, the first a penalty and then a score from James Phillips.
The second period started the same way the first ended with two early tries. Tatupu grabbed his second and then Mark Foster went over.
Chris Bentley then touched down before Exeter were awarded a second penalty try. Phillips grabbed his second score with five minutes to go and full-back Jack Nowell rounded off the scoring.
Petrarca 3 v 34 Newcastle Falcons
Newcastle scored six tries in a dominate performance in northern Italy, to make it two wins from two in this season's Amlin Challenge Cup.
Jamie Helleur opened the scoring for the visitors after 19 minutes with Jeremy Manning adding the extras with the boot.
They then doubled their score before the interval with Manning converting his own effort to take his side 14 v 0 up into the break.
Tim Swinson scored the first of his two tries at the start of the second period and he was followed over the line by Ryan Shortland.
Petrarca full-back Eoghan Hickey grabbed a solitary penalty for the hosts but Newcastle had the last words with two more tries. First Joe Graham touched down for the Falcons' fifth score before Swinson grabbed his second late on.
Banca Monte Crociati 3 v 34 Worcester Warriors
Worcester came away from Parma with the five points they were looking for but they were made to work hard for the victory by a spirited Italian side.
The visitors dominated the opening and were rewarded with an early Danny Gray penalty.
Gray then added the conversion to go with Josh Drauninu's 13th minute try. Full-back Chris Pennell grabbed the second with Gray also converting.
Three minutes later Tom Arscott touched down for the visitors and then Crociati got on the scoresheet with a Jacopo Zucconi penalty.
Worcester then wrapped up the try-scoring bonus point before the break with Pennell helping himself to his second try.
It was a low scoring second period with second row Ben Gulliver scoring the only try.
Lyon 19 v 26 RC Toulon
Toulon won the all French encounter at Lyon, making it two wins from two in this season's tournament.
The visitors opened the scoring with a Julien Dumora penalty and Lyon then responded in kind five minutes later with Romain Loursac kicking three points for the hosts.
In a tight first quarter Dumora kicked his second penalty to give the visitors the lead once more but Lyon fly-half Xavier Sadourny drew the scores level with a 21st minute drop-goal.
Toulon centre Gabi Lovobalavu grabbed the opening try and Dumora's conversion gave Toulon a 13 v 6 lead.
Lyon and Loursac hit back with a penalty, but it was Dumora who had the final say of the half, kicking another penalty just before the break.
Loursac kicked a 53rd minute penalty to reduce the deficit to three points but Toulon responded almost immediately with replacement Johnny Wilkinson successful with his first shot at goal.
Christian Loamanu then touched down for the visitors. Wilkinson converted but it was the hosts who had the last say Jean-Philippe Bonrepaux scoring late on.