Brian O’Driscoll: former Ireland captain   would be a compromise candidate to fill new position of president in the newly-formed EPCR (European Professional Club rugby). Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Such are the heightened tensions between the warring factions in European club rugby including now, it seems, the one-time Anglo-French axis, that lea(...)

 Luke McAlister of New Zealand kicks a penalty as the New Zealand substitutes look on from behind the posts during the sold out   match between Italy and New Zealand at the San Siro in November 2009. Photograph:  Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Even though the future of the Heineken Cup remains in doubt in its present format, the ERC have announced that the 2015 final of the competition will(...)

An ERC graphic at the Welsh and English Heineken & Amlin Cup launch in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inphjo

Despite repeated assertions from English and French clubs that their Premiership Rugby and Ligue Nationale de Rugby representatives will not be atten(...)

While French clubs like Toulon and Clermont are likely to be on board  a Heineken Cup next year  could well be without the English clubs. Photograph: Inpho.

As a further shot across the bows of the game’s long-established hierarchy, the announcement by the Anglo-French clubs’ axis of the so-called Rugby Ch(...)

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(...)

IRB chief executive Brett Gosper: “We don’t think it’s in the interests of the game a competition such as that”. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

In one of the more significant statements so far in the ongoing saga about the future of European rugby, the game’s governing body, the International (...)

European Rugby Cup chairman Jean-Pierre Lux has described the ramifications of a proposed Anglo-French tournament as “detrimental” to the world game.E(...)

Mark McCafferty, chief executive of Premiership Rugby: poured scorn on resuming negotiations with an independent mediator. Photograph: Getty Images

So the truth is out. The English clubs especially, and their French cohorts, never had any real interest in salvaging the Heineken Cup, even if it was(...)

 ERC Chairman Jean-Pierre Lux. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England, Scotland and Wales have submitted bid proposals to host the 2014 European Club Rugby finals next May according to European Rugby Cup ERC. F(...)