IRFU chief executive Philip Browne: “Of course that [TV deal] was a discussion point and a consideration, but at the end of the day we had to find a solution.” photograph: cathal noonan/inpho

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne has declared he and the IRFU are “absolutely happy” with the new European Rugby Champions Cup format and organis(...)

This is the most significant and pivotal few months in the professional era, for the long-term future of the European game.

There is so much political jostling in the current climate of uncertainty within European rugby, with both a pan-European Cup and now the Pro12 being (...)

Gethin Jenkins leads the celebrations after Wales retained the Six nations title last March. Photograph:   David Davies/PA

Welsh rugby chiefs are to present the country’s four regional teams with a new agreement regarding the professional game in Wales.The regions – Newpor(...)

Mark McCafferty  announces changes to the Super Duper Cup format whereby English and French sides will henceforth have two extra players on the pitch, giving them 17-a-side.

JanuaryLeinster, Munster and Ulster reach knockout stages of the Heineken Cup but are all paired away from home in the quarter-finals. The Welsh regio(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Browse by Publication Date

March 1859
« Month »
« Year »
MTWTFSS