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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Wasps had to wait until 2002/03 for their promise in Europe to blossom under the guidance of Warren Gatland. Victory over Bath in the final of the Amlin Challenge Cup brought the club its first continental title and better was to come a year later, when the club lifted the Heineken Cup.
An outstanding highlight of that title-winning season in Europe was an unforgettable semi-final win over Munster at Lansdowne Road. Dallaglio's men came from 10 points behind to score two injury time tries and reach their first Heineken Cup decider with a 37-32 victory. Many seasoned observers still rate this as the greatest game in the competition's history.
Wasps went on to beat Toulouse in a thrilling final when, with extra-time looming and the clubs deadlocked at 20-20 Rob Howley sent a kick down the left touchline. Toulouse full back Clement Poitrenaud dithered as the ball rolled over the try line, and the Welsh scrum half dived to snatch it from under his nose and claim one of the most sensational tries Twickenham has ever seen.
It was to be the 2006/07 season when Wasps would lift the title again, beating Leicester Tigers 25-9 at Twickenham in a game which set a then world record club attendance of 81,076. It remains the only all-English final in the competition's 17-year history.