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(...)

New Zealand’s All Blacks flanker and captain Richie McCaw shakes hands with French rugby federation (FFR) president Pierre Camou.

In the latest development in the ongoing impasse over the future of European club rugby, the President of the French Federation (FFR), Pierre Camou, i(...)

Throughout the five stakeholders’ meetings, the Celts and Italians brought all manner of revised formats to the table, be it 32 or 24 teams, but Paul Goze of France’s LNR and England’s PRL’s Mark McCafferty (above) only wanted to talk about their proposed 20-team format.

Since the game went professional on August 25th 1995 there have been a few skirmishes along the way but it’s always felt as if we’ve been waiting for (...)

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(...)

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(...)