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Veteran Kiwi prop Carl Hayman has been cited for a dangerous tackle while laying for Toulon during the Amlin Challeneg Cup Final against Biarritz.
Biarritz Olympique have won a European title at the third time of asking - and captain Imanol Harinordoquy described their 2012 Amlin Challenge Cup Final victory at the Twickenham Stoop as "incredible, fantastic."
By the time Jonny Wilkinson had emerged from a desperately disappointed Toulon changing room he had already moved on to the next challenge.
All roads are leading to London when both the 2012 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals will be staged in close proximity over the space of 24 hours.
A fine kicking performance by French scrumhalf Dimitri Yachvili saw Biarritz to a 19-0 victory over 1997 European Cup winners Brive in their Amlin Challenge Cup semifinal on Saturday.
Biarritz became the third French club to book a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup semifinals - and London Wasps the third English club to bow out - but the the French giants were given a real scare before edging hom 26-23 in the quarterfinal at Adams Park.
Samoan international centre Paul Williams turned into a 79th minute match-winner as he ran in the try that broke the hearts of Exeter Chiefs at Stade Charlety and earned Stade Francais a 22-17 win and a trip to either Toulon or Harlequins in the Amlin Challenge Cup semifinals.
Toulon's English flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson said Thursday he was wary of Premiership leaders Harlequins which the French club will meet Friday in the Challenge Cup quarterfinals.
Biarritz Olympique have contested 12 Heineken Cup tournaments - and Iain Balshaw believes they will only make that 13 if they go all the way and win the Amlin Challenge Cup Final at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday, May 18, and qualify as the tournament champions.
Nick Evans is sweating on being fit to spearhead Harlequins' Amlin Challenge Cup quarterfinal bid against Toulon at Stade Felix Mayol on Friday.
The European Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments for the 2012/13 season will kick off on October 11, organisers announced on Wednesday.
Exeter Chiefs wing Gonzalo Camacho is aiming to become only the second player in Amlin Challenge Cup history to win back-to-back titles ¿ and once again break the hearts of Stade Fran¿ais supporters.
One of the biggest weekends in the European club rugby calendar will kick-off with the first Amlin Challenge Cup quarterfinal contest, between last season's finalists, Stade Francais and the Exeter Chiefs.
Stade Francais finished top of Pool One and eased into the Amlin Challenge Cup quarterfinals courtesy of a 33-10 victory over Worcester Warriors in Paris on Saturday evening.
Glasgow Warriors will be looking to extend their European campaign and will be chasing all five points to ensure they qualify for the last eight of the Amlin Challenge Cup.
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