English Rugby Football Union chairman Bill Beaumont attended talks in Dublin on the future of European club competition. Photograph:   Jan Kruger/Getty Images

English rugby boss Ian Ritchie left crisis talks on the future of European rugby by promising to continue the mediation in January.English Rugby Footb(...)

Major doubts still surround the future of the Heineken Cup, but recent comments from IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset sound encouraging.

All quiet on the western European front. At least the various parties in the ongoing rift over the future of European club rugby have not been hurling(...)

It seems nigh-on impossible that the FFR (Federation Francaise de Rugby) president, Pierre Camou, would have relented in his unwavering declarations that his federation would not sanction a European Cup organised by anyone other than the ERC.

Reports in today’s English media that agreement has been reached between the six main European unions and federations, and the Anglo-French clubs, reg(...)

Two days of ERC mediation talks regarding the future of the Heineken Cup, or an alternative pan-European tournament, have concluded with the Celtic a(...)

Premiership Rugby has conceded progress was made at Thursday’s ERC meeting in Dublin but insisted there is more to do if agreement on the future of E(...)

ERC chief executive Derek McGrath during a press briefing for  the English and Welsh Heineken Cup launch at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Derek McGrath has insisted that “the door is still open” regarding negotiations over the future of European rugby’s prestige club competition the Hein(...)

The leading English and French clubs have written to the organisers of the Heineken Cup confirming they will not be attending next month’s talks in Du(...)

ERC chairman Jean Pierre Lux in Dublin earlier this month. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Premiership Rugby and its French counterparts have been accused of showing a lack of respect by ERC chairman Jean-Pierre Lux, as the increasingly bitt(...)

Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty has hinted that he has been talking to Pro 12 teams interested in joining the new European competition. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Agreement by Canadian lawyer and mediator Graeme Mew to step into the dispute on Friday, and the first of the ERC’s Heineken Cup launches yesterday in(...)

 Wallabies captain James Horwill speaks to the media during an Australian  media session  in Sydney, Australia, overnight. Photograph: Getty

A mightily relieved Australia captain James Horwill will be available for this weekend’s third test against the British and Irish Lions after being c(...)