Leicester Tigers go into their make-or-break Sunday showdown against Toulouse at Welford Road boosted by England international lock Geoff Parling agreeing terms on a new contract to stay with the double Heineken Cup champions beyond the end of this season.
Four-times champions Toulouse are on 18 match points and the Tigers on 16 ahead of their winner-takes-all Pool 2 contest with the victor earning automatic quarter-final qualification.
Toulouse won their Round 1 contest 23-9 taking the French club 4-3 ahead in tournament head-to-heads and now Parling is set to be a key player in the Tigers trying to even that count up to four apiece.
"We told Geoff that he has always been part of our plans going forward and it is very good news that he has decided to stay with us," said Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill.
"He has been an important guy for us over the last four seasons and is now an established international player too.
"His decision shows the quality of the environment we have at Leicester Tigers and that plays a big part in players wanting to stay here. Geoff wants to continue to develop as a player and he agrees with us that he can do that best by playing for Leicester Tigers."
The 29-year-old Parling has made 60 appearances for Leicester Tigers, including the Premiership Final victory in 2010 and last year's final at Twickenham.
He joins fellow England internationals Tom and Ben Youngs, and Tigers forwards Graham Kitchener, Steve Mafi and Julian Salvi, in agreeing terms to contracts beyond this season.
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.