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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
The Premiership side, who were crowned Heineken Cup champions in 2000, face French side, Castres, in the first of their Pool 1 back-to-back clashes at the Stade Pierre Antoine on Saturday.
The French side will still have ambitions of their own in the Pool but will be more than aware they have to record emphatic wins if they are to keep those ambitions alive in this season's Heineken Cup.
Castres were robbed of a home victory over Munster by a last ditch drop goal by Ronan O'Gara and suffered a defeat an away defeat to the Scarlets in the Pool 1 opener
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