/ Heineken Cup 2013-14

/ News

The future of European rugby
Italians delay European announcement
ESPN Staff
March 27, 2014
Leinster and Northampton will both feature in the new-look European tournament next season © Getty Images

An announcement over the future of European rugby which was due to be made on Wednesday was delayed because the Italian board wanted more time to discuss the details.

The six unions that play in the Heineken Cup met in Dublin on Tuesday to thrash out the finer details of a new re-jigged tournament ahead of next season, a compromise that looks set to end two years of discussion over the future of the domestic game in Europe.

The IRF's concern revolves is that it may be worse off financially under the new deal. Earlier in the year it threatened to withdraw from the Pro12 as it was not prepared to continue paying around €3 million to play in the competition.

Reports at the weekend suggest the new tournament will consist of 20 teams with six qualifying from the Top 14 and the Aviva Premiership alongside seven from the RaboDirect PRO12 with the last place going to the winner of a play-off between the seventh-placed side in the French league and the English top flight.

Underneath the top-tier tournament will be a second-tier competition made up of the other teams from the three leagues. There will also be a third-tier for clubs from countries including Georgia, Romania, Russia, Spain, Portugal and Belgium, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The broadcast rights for the new competitions, which remaining the last major stumbling block, has also been revolved with Sky Sports and BT Sport reaching a compromise whereby the rights are shared between the,.

The current administrative board in charge of the Heineken Cup, European Rugby Cup Ltd, is based in Dublin, the new tournament will be run by a company in Switzerland.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Latest
  • Most Viewed
  • News
  • Features
  • Football

    Liverpool back in profit for first time in seven years

    Liverpool have recorded an annual profit for the first time in seven years

  • Rugby

    Wales given Sam Warburton fitness boost

    Wales captain Sam Warburton is expected to be fit for the vital Six Nations clash with Ireland on March 14

  • Football

    Sunderland suspend Johnson amid police investigation

    Sunderland have suspended midfielder Adam Johnson pending the outcome of a police investigation, the club announced on Monday

  • Golf

    Harrington wins play-off to claim Honda Classic

    Padraig Harrington won his first PGA Tour event since the 2008 US PGA Championship with a play-off victory over Daniel Berger at the Honda Classic

  • Rugby

    Parra to miss rest of Six Nations with knee injury

    France scrum-half Morgan Parra will miss the rest of the Six Nations after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage during the first half of Saturday's defeat to Wales in Paris

  • News
  • Features
  • Mishits

    Noel Gallagher hails 'the Brodge's' powers of recovery

    Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher marked his return to football punditry by coining a new name for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

  • Rewind to 2003

    Galacticos and Red Devils serve up classic

    We rewind to 2003 when Real Madrid brought a park attitude to their Champions League clash with Manchester United and played out a 4-3 thriller

  • Rewind To 1988

    The real Cool Runnings

    The tale of the Jamaica bobsled team who triumphed against the odds at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics is embedded in pop culture more than 25 years on, writes Nick Atkin

  • UFC

    Top 10 best UFC fighters of all time

    Some of the best fighters to ever glove up have plied their trade in the Octagon - now ESPN list the 10 best who have fought under the UFC banner

  • Week in Words

    Giroud gets emotional

    In the latest edition of ESPN's Week in Words, Olivier Giroud gets emotional, Dimitar Berbatov is a bit smug, Arsene Wenger is hurting and Rory McIlroy is "p***** off"

Sponsored Links
Make Huge Income from your Home
Download your Free Guide And Learn How To Increase Your Monthly Income
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!