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".
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Roberto Mancini said he wants to sign Manchester City star Yaya Toure to turn Inter Milan into a Scudetto-winning side
McLaren-Honda's hotly-anticipated MP4-30 was revealed to the world via an online launch on Thursday ahead of the new car's first test in Jerez next week
Andy Murray reached the fourth Australian Open final of his career after he overcame Tomas Berdych 6-7(6) 6-0 6-3 7-5 in their semi-final at Melbourne Park on Thursday
Sam Allardyce has admitted he still hopes to sign Darren Fletcher but has cast doubt if the Manchester United midfielder will join West Ham
Real Madrid are prepared to wait and sign David de Gea on a free transfer when the goalkeeper's Manchester United contract expires in 2016, according to reports