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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.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 remember the final in Cardiff. We were the underdogs because Leicester had just scored nearly 40 points past Toulouse in semi-final," said Casadei.
"We played in a hostile stadium with 25,000 English fans against us. We spent the week hearing how they would eat us for breakfast, but that just motivated us even more and we produced the game of our lives!
"Brive had never won French titles and only Toulouse had won the Heineken Cup. It was magic, the best memory of my career - even more beautiful than the Grand Slam I won the same year with France."
There is now a genuine feeling that the small town club are on the verge of a major comeback having reached the final four of the Amlin Challenge Cup after emerging from Pool 5 unbeaten and edging past the Scarlets at the quarter-final stage.
They now face European giants Biarritz Olympique at Stade Aguilera on Saturday, in the second of two all-French semi-finals.
"I am very proud of the team. The last final for Brive was in 2000, for the Trophée du Manoir, and now we are in a semi-final. To get here we had to win seven games and had to beat Agen, Sale Sharks and the Scarlets," added Casadei.