The ongoing row between Rugby's biggest European tournament, the Heineken Cup, has taken yet another twist after it was revealed the San Siro will host the 2015 final.

The stadium is the biggest in Italy, with a capacity of 80,000, and is home to both football side's AC and Inter Milan, and it is hoped it will increase the popularity of rugby in Italy.

The news comes after it was announced that the English and French teams will be pulling out of the tournament next season, after a long dispute over what they see as unfair qualification rules.

2015 will mark 20 years since the European competition began, and the chairman of the European rugby competition, Jean-Pierre Lux hopes the situation can be resolved. 

He told the ERC: "We in are in a difficult period for European club rugby, and I too hope that a solution can be found and then we can look forward to 2015 and a celebration of 20 years of European club rugby in Milan.

"It would be a shame if Italian rugby lost such a major opportunity to promote the game in their country." 

Meanwhile the president of the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR), Alfredo Gavazzi, said: 

"We are especially proud that a Heineken Cup final could be staged in Italy as this is a tournament which plays a key role in the continued development of our top clubs, and which also is critical for the progress of our national team."

This seasons final will take place on Saturday May 24 at Cardiff's Millennium stadium

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