ERC to evaluate tournament options


Rugby:The ERC is to undertake a "comprehensive evaluation of the proposals for change to European club rugby tournaments for the 2014/15 season and beyond," following a meeting of the relevant stakeholders in Dublin this afternoon.

The proposals for structural reform of European club competitions include a move to a 20-club or a 32-club Heineken Cup and the restructuring of the Amlin Challenge Cup, currently a 20-team tournament.

"This evaluation will examine the rationale for the proposed changes to both tournaments, as well as the impact on all stakeholders of any change to the format and structure of the competitions," a statement read this evening.

"The evaluation will be completed during the six-week period before the fourth meeting of ERC stakeholders which will be held in London on Wednesday, December 12th."

The current formats of both competitions, which will remain in place until the end of the 2013/14 season, were agreed by all stakeholders in 2007 and include a two-year consultation period (from June this year), to allow for negotiations towards the formulation of new models.

The Anglo-French axis of Premiership Rugby (PRL) and Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) want a reduction in hte Heineken Cup from 24 to 20 teams, comprising the top six from each of the three qualifying leagues, along with the defending champions and the Amlin Cup winners, whereas the Celts and Italians would accede to some compromise from the current format, though not on that scale, and preferably while retaining a 24-team tournament.

ERC stakeholder meeting attendance

Jean-Pierre Lux (ERC Chairman)

Derek McGrath (ERC Chief Executive)

Rob Andrew (RFU)

Mark McCafferty (Premiership Rugby)

Bruce Craig (Premiership Rugby)

Michel Palmié (FFR)

Olivier Keraudren (FFR)

Patrick Wolff (LNR)

René Bouscatel (LNR)

Philip Browne (IRFU)

Peter Boyle (IRFU)

Fabrizio Gaetaniello (FIR)

Mark Dodson (SR)

Ian McLauchlan (SR)

Roger Lewis (WRU)

Steve Phillips (WRU)

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Screen Name Selection


Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.