ERC chief scoffs at breakaway

2013-09-25 00:00

PARIS — The chairperson of the European Rugby Cup is adamant that proposed plans for a new breakaway tournament to challenge the Heineken Cup next season will not come to light.

The existing tournament agreement expires next summer and leading English and French clubs previously announced plans for a new tournament called the Rugby Champion’s Cup.

Premiership Rugby and its French counterparts from the LNR — which oversees France’s elite Top 14 league — are embroiled in an increasingly bitter row with the ERC over the Heineken Cup’s future.

Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty has said that he expects Celtic and Italian teams to join them. But ERC chairperson Jean-Pierre Lux says his organisation will not support such a venture and that any Anglo-French breakaway tournament requires FFR and Rugby Football Union approval since they are the sport’s respective governing bodies.

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