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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.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 Scarlets have met the 1997 European champions on three occasions, the first time in 1996/7 in a Heineken Cup quarter-final where the Scarlets lost out 14-35.
More recently the Scarlets secured home and away wins against the Top 14 club in the 2009/10 season with a 24-12 win at Parc y Scarlets and 20-17 in France.
Scarlets' Head of Rugby Nigel Davies said: "We were disappointed with the first half of our game against Glasgow Warriors last weekend, but our second half was much more emphatic and the players showed great character to come back after half-time when there was real intent on the field.
"We can be excited about this group of Scarlets players - there's some great talent in our side and the potential they have when everything comes together is enough to win big games.
"We know that we'll have to bring that flair and x-factor together with the intensity of a strong team performance for the full 80 minutes - there's no room for error in the quarter-finals and if anything our result last weekend will be a wake-up call for the team.
"We know we will have to have parity in the scrum if we want to compete in Brive and that's where we'll be working hard this week.
"We are delighted to have this opportunity in Europe and be in the last eight of the Amlin Challenge Cup and we'll be putting everything into ensuring we take this chance and play to our potential."
Davies said that despite the double win by the Scarlets in France already this season, there will be plenty of homework done on the Brive.
"Brive had a good win against Sale Sharks, beating the English club on their home soil in January in this competition, so it shows what they can do.
"They are another big, physical pack and out-muscled Sale. Brive were in the knock-out stages of the Amlin last season as well, so will come to the quarter-final with confidence, particularly at home.
"We had a pretty big win out in France this season and the boys showed what they can do in attack when they gel. They also displayed real steel to hold out when they needed to and all that can help by being in the back of our minds and give our mental edge a boost.
"We know that French clubs are a lively place to play if the crowds get going - but our away form and our great travelling support this season has been strong on the big occasions and it's going to be a great atmosphere for everyone involved."
The winner of the tie will meet either London Wasps or Biarritz Olympique away in the semi-finals.