The Heineken Cup will continue to break new ground during its 15th anniversary season when Belgium's National Stadium - Stade Roi Baudouin - in Brussels becomes the 88th venue to host Heineken Cup action.
Stade Francais Paris have confirmed that they will play their Pool 4 Heineken Cup Round 4 clash (Saturday, 19 December) with the 1999 Heineken Cup champions Ulster at the 50,044 capacity arena, with Belgium set to become the tenth country to host Heineken Cup rugby.
During a special press conference in Brussels to announce the move, Stade Francais President Max Guazzini confirmed that Belgian fans could look forward to some of the Parisian side's trademark pre and post match entertainment with the build-up set to include action from the X Games, live music, Parisian Can-can dancers and a major fireworks display.
The Stade Roi Baudouin was re-built in 1995 on the site of the former Heysel Stadium and is the home of the Belgian National football team and hosted action from the Euro 2000 football championships.
Stade Francais have taken their "home" games on the road before having played Heineken Cup matches at the Parc des Princes, Charlety Stadium and the memorable clash with Harlequins last season where they set a Pool Heineken Cup record attendance of 76,569 at the Stade de France.
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.