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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Saracens are on 14 points, Racing on 12 and Munster on 11 in a Pool that is set to go all the way down to the wire and the Round 6 contests at Thomond Park and Vicarage Road.
Munster have failed to reach the knock-out stages just once in the last 14 tournaments and need to target maximum points against both Edinburgh and Racing to stay in the mix.
But in the longer term it is players like 22-year-old Zebo, who has signed a three year deal that sees him remain at Munster until at least the end of season 2015/16, who are giving the province a real lift.
Zebo - capped three times by Ireland - made his Heineken Cup debut 13 months ago and opened his tournament account with a try hat-trick against Northampton Saints on 21 January, 2012, during a man of the match performance in the Round 6 fixture. He scored his fifth tournament try in this season's opening match against Racing.
No 8 James Coughlan, who made his 100th Munster appearance in the tie against Saracens at Vicarage Road, hooker Mike Sherry, lock Dave Foley and back row Paddy Butler are among others who have committed their immediate future to Munster.
"I think it gives the organisation real security going forward having that number re-committing to the group," said Director of Coaching Rob Penney. "It is a real positive sign that the lads believe in what's happening here and can see a future here for themselves.
"And I think for the Munster supporters and everyone that has an attachment to Munster they can be really rapt that the playing future is being secured for the short to medium and in some cases even a long term."