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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
"I spoke to both Dan and Lewis and they said lots of great things about the club. Also a few of the guys here played for the Irish Wolfhounds over there the other week and said how impressed they were by the place. As I said, I liked what I saw as well and the facilities look great. All I've heard is real positives about the place, so I'm really looking forward to the challenge."
One man delighted to have Whitten on board is coach Baxter, who commented: "He's become available to have a look at and Ali and myself sat down and had a good look at a few of his games. He's played the last three or four games, starting on the wing or in the centre, and we do quite like backs who can play in more than one position. It works in the way we want to play with the back line we've got.
"Ian's a big, strong guy but he's also quick and powerful. It's nice that he's young and still developing as a player. He's got a lot of good rugby ahead of him, he's probably still developing physically and his handling and kicking game is still improving, which is something we want to work on with all our players."