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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.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 the best runners-up
The format of the two best Heineken Cup runners-up qualifying for the quarter-finals as the No 7 and No 8 ranked clubs has been in operation since the 1999/00 season - with bonus points coming into the equation in season 2003/04.
Here are some quarter-final qualification pointers since those changes came into place:
* No club has qualified as a Pool winner on less than four wins.
* No club has qualified as a Pool winner on less than 17 points. Toulon topped Pool 3 with 17 points in 2010/11.
* No club has qualified as one of the best runners-up on less than four wins or 19 points although in 2003/04, Celtic Warriors, and in 2006/07, the Ospreys, both discovered that even 20 points was not sufficient to make the knock-out stages. Leicester Tigers in 2004/05 and Northampton Saints in 2009/10 qualified as one of the best runners-up on 19 points.