New European competition but same backroom staff
July 9, 2014
New competition, same backroom staff © Getty Images
The new European Rugby Champions Cup will be run by the same people who looked after the old Heineken Cup, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.
It had been expected the offices of the Dublin-based European Rugby Cup (ERC) would be closed down and replaced with a new operation in Switzerland, the home of the European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), the new umbrella body for the European Rugby Champions Cup.
But it seems EPRC has not had time to find its own staff and, so the paper claims, has not even started the recruitment process. ERC employees helped conduct the draw for the pool stages of the next season's European Rugby Champions Cup and will carry on administering the competition for the foreseeable future.
The news in an embarrassment for the chairman of Premier Rugby, Quentin Smith, who, asked a while back about the future of ERC said "there will no longer be a need for it" and labelled the organisation "no longer fit for purpose".
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