Heineken Cup: Isa Nacewa, the former Leinster utility back is tackled by ASM Clermont Auvergne’s Julien Bonnaire as Nathan Hines looks on. The new version of the tournament, The Champions Cup, has yet to put sponsors in place. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

The inaugural Champions Cup, which replaced the Heineken Cup, will kick off next month without all its major sponsors in place, one of the new Europea(...)

English Premiership Rugby chiefs have confirmed changes to the league’s salary cap from next season. As expected, the base salary cap level will rise (...)

No more Heineken Cup and possibly no more Heineken involvement: “All those bully boy threats of breakaway leagues, possible court action et al, have left European rugby looking like damaged goods.”

The season is almost over. The last rites are about to be passed on the Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup, with the last finals in Cardiff a for(...)

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(...)