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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
And having been at Ravenhill for his entire career and always had Ulster Rugby in his blood, Trimble is perfectly placed to express just what it would mean to bring the Heineken Cup back to Belfast.
"Saturday means the world. We've come this far and now we just want to finish it off. It means the world to everybody," said Trimble.
"I remember when we were coming out of the hotel on the way to the Aviva Stadium for the semi-final against Edinburgh, the support there was for us was unbelievable. I've had that many times with Ireland but when you get that with Ulster, the team you've played with and supported for so long and when you've got such an affiliation with all the supporters, it just means so much to you. To see the streets covered in white meant the world, and that's the same for everybody at Ulster Rugby.
"I've always been an Ulster supporter and I've always followed them in the Heineken Cup. I've been at Ravenhill basically my whole life.
"I watched the Heineken Cup Final win in 1999 and now I've been playing for Ulster for seven years. I've spent not just my entire career, but also my entire life, supporting Ulster Rugby.
"I went down to the '99 final at Lansdowne Road. I was 15 so I don't remember too much about it - we didn't play too much rugby but it was one of those days where we squeezed out a result. The whole place was filled with white and it was a pretty special day."
As well as finally ending a European drought dating back 13 seasons, victory on Saturday would see Ulster well and truly step out of the shadow of their more illustrious Irish neighbours.
This weekend's opponents Leinster and quarter-final victims Munster have enjoyed remarkable Heineken Cup success in recent seasons, picking up a brace of titles apiece over a six-year period.
And while the Blue and Red armies have continually marched to the summit of the continent, Ulster have been forced to sit back and watch with envy, only making it past the pool stages this season and last.
"To be honest, we were getting a bit fed up of being considered the third-choice province. Leinster and Munster were fighting it out and we were sort of hanging in there behind them. That was frustrating," added Trimble.
"There's a massive amount riding on this game. There's such a rivalry between the Irish provinces - you've seen it between Leinster and Munster for so long now. Fortunately over the last couple of years we've come on further and further and now we're competing for silverware.
"The fact that we're going after Leinster and Munster is something they should be flattered by. We're motivated by jealousy, to be honest.
"We want to leapfrog Munster and leapfrog Leinster and be considered the number one Irish province. It's not something that happens overnight. We've put an awful lot of hard work in over the last few years and there's no event like the Heineken Cup Final to make a claim for that status.
"We've got an opportunity this Saturday and we don't want to let it slip. You just don't know when the next Heineken Cup Final appearance will be."