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.
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.