French Pro D2 leaders Metro Racing are on track to qualify for the Top 14 Orange if they beat Bordeaux-Bègles on Sunday.
The Paris based club are twelve points ahead of Agen and a win on Sunday would guarantee them the Pro 2 title and a spot in the Top 14 without a play-off being necessary.
Racing look set to join Stade Francais as a second metropolitan team in European competition next season. While Stade Français will play in the Heineken Cup for an 11th season, Metro Racing, managed by former Italian head coach and former France captain Pierre Berbizier, would be playing in the European Challenge Cup for the first time in their current carnation.
Racing Club de France who subsequently merged with Metro 92 have already featured in the European Challenge Cup.
The ambitious club have indicated that South African outside-half François Steyn will join their ranks if they make the breakthrough to the top flight.
The Springbok (26 caps) has agreed a two-year-deal which would see him join Andrew Merthens at the Stade Yves du Manoir until at least 2011.
The directors of ERC voted unanimously at a Board meeting to postpone all decisions including the release of further instalments of ERC's distributable central revenues to the six shareholder countries until 19 February next when the Board will meet again to reconsider the issue.