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France will host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals

Updated: Monday, 24 Sep 2012 13:30 | Comments

The Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals will be held in Dublin next year but the 2014 deciders will take place in France
The Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals will be held in Dublin next year but the 2014 deciders will take place in France

ERC has announced that the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals will be staged in France.

The two European club rugby showpiece matches will be played on the weekend of 23/24/25 May and ERC is currently working in partnership with the FFR to confirm dates and venues for both games.

2014 will mark the fourth staging of the Heineken Cup final, and the sixth of the Amlin Challenge Cup final, on French soil.

The announcement was made today at the French launch of the 2012/13 tournaments.

Two clubs – Exeter Chiefs (England) and Zebre (Italy) – are competing in the Heineken Cup for the first time, and five stadiums will be new to the tournament: King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Scotstoun (Glasgow Warriors), Salford City Stadium (Sale Sharks), Sandy Park (Exeter Chiefs) and Stadio XXV Aprile (Zebre).

The Amlin Challenge Cup will feature three newcomers to European club rugby in London Welsh (England), Rugby Mogliano (Italy) and Bizkaia Gernika RT (Spain).

Stade Francais Paris will take the tournament to new French audiences by moving their three ‘home’ games to Le Havre, Le Mans and Valenciennes.

The Amlin Challenge Cup will kick off on 11 October with the Heineken Cup getting underway the following day.

Both 2013 finals will be staged in Dublin with the Amlin Challenge Cup set for 17 May at the RDS and the Heineken Cup going ahead at the Aviva Stadium on 18 May.

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