Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Home nations bid for final

England, Scotland and Wales hope to host the 2014 European Club Rugby finals

England, Scotland and Wales have submitted bid proposals to host the 2014 European Club Rugby finals next May, organiser European Rugby Cup has announced, after France withdrew its application over the uncertainty of the availability of the Stade de France.

The three unions hope to host the Amlin Challenge Cup final on May 23 and the Heineken Cup final a day later at the end of the forthcoming season.

"The bids will now be considered by the board of ERC with a decision set for early July," an ERC statement read.

Under the proposals, the 2014 Heineken Cup final would be staged at Twickenham (capacity 81,500), the Millennium Stadium (74,500) or Murrayfield (67,000).

Dublin 2013 was the third successive season that both the Amlin Challenge Cup and Heineken Cup finals were staged in the same city as a part of a European club rugby festival in a format favoured by the organiser.

ERC chairman Jean-Pierre Lux said: "The ERC European Club Rugby finals weekend has developed into one of the truly great events in Europe's sporting calendar as is evident from the strong interest from our shareholder unions.

"We look forward to working with the successful bidder and the local partners to build another memorable ERC finals festival showcasing the best of European club rugby."

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