Champions Cup

  • Chase On To Sponsor £10m Champions Cup

    ... with all five prospective backers, among them the German financial services giant, Allianz, leading backers of European football Champions, Bayern Munich. To read the full story visit The Rugby Paper via the link below: Chase On To Sponsor The £10m Champions Cup...

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  • BT And Sky To Share Champions Cup Play-Off

    The new era of European club rugby will begin in May with the European Champions Cup play-off between the 7th placed Aviva Premiership and Top 14 sides. London Wasps and Stade Francais will contest a two-legged play-off with fixtures taking place on May 18th at Adams Park and May 24th at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. And fans will get a first glimpse of the new rights sharing deal in operation between the two broadcasting giants, with BT Sport to show the first leg in England and Sky Sports taking...

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  • ERC Officials To Run New Champions Cup

    The inaugural season of the new Rugby Champions Cup will be run by staff from European Rugby Cup (ERC), the very organisation it is replacing. The Daily Telegraph has reported that ERC employees are poised to administer the new competition for the whole of next season.  European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), the new umbrella governing body based in Neuchatel, Switzerland, has reportedly entered into a "service agreement" with ERC, providing the Dublin-based company with a stay of execution,...

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  • Bath Chairman Craig To Be Champions Cup Director

    Bath chairman Bruce Craig is set to be appointed as one of three executive directors of the new European Champions Cup alongside representatives from the Pro12 and the Top 14, according to The Rugby Paper. Craig is expected to be named alongside Paul McNaughton and Rene Fontes as the chosen men to represent the three major European leagues on the executive committee. A source told The Rugby Paper: “These three will be crucial to the success of the Champions Cup. We need people with the ability...

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  • IMG To Sell Champions Cup World TV Rights

    A deal has been reached for distribution company IMG Media to broker the distribution of worldwide broadcasting rights for the inaugural Champions Cup and Challenge Cup. The firm has signed a four-year contract with European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) to sell live rights and highlights. Some sources suggest that the deal should increase revenues from the European competitions by £14million (approx €17m). EPCR executive committee member Bruce Craig said: "This new partnership with IMG come...

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  • Champions Cup To Partner With XIX

    The entertainment company that masterminded the global branding success of celebrities including David and Victoria Beckham is understood to have reached an agreement with the organisers of the European Rugby Champions Cup to help propel the worldwide profile and commercial value of the new tournament, reports Gavin Mairs in the Telegraph. XIX Entertainment, owned by entertainment guru Simon Fuller, is to be tasked with finding four to six global brands to be sponsor partners of the new Europea...

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  • Champions Cup Final Moved To Mid-May In 2016

    The final of the Rugby Champions Cup will be moved to the middle of May in 2016 after fears of a half empty Twickenham Stadium when Toulon and Clermont Auvergne contest this seasons final at the weekend. Moving the final to the beginning of May was one of the big changes in the format of the competition for this season, with the French clubs reportedly the most behind the change as it allows them extra time to concentrate on the end of their domestic season. But with a crowd of only 50,000 expec...

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  • PRO12 Clubs To Qualify For Europe On Merit Alone

    Key changes to the qualification format for the Champions Cup will be introduced by EPCR next season in a move which will create a more streamlined pathway to participation in Europe's top flight. At the conclusion of 2017/18, the seven highest-ranked clubs from the Guinness PRO12 will qualify for the following season's Champions Cup regardless of their country of origin. This will replace the current format which requires that at least one club from each of Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales is...

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  • Champions Cup Gets Second Major Sponsor

    Turkish Airlines have become the second major sponsor of the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup in a three-year deal as organisers continue their search for five major sponsors. Another major partner is close to being confirmed as well, with an announcement expected at the tournament launch for Top 14 clubs in Lyon on Monday, but European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) now has a second sponsor to join Heineken in its portfolio. Turkish Airlines, which currently sponsors Bundesliga cl...

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  • World Club Championship Game Edges Closer

    2014 Super Rugby Champions the Waratahs are reportedly in advanced negotiations to play French giants and European Champions Toulon in February as a World Club Championship game edges closer to becoming reality. Reports in Australia last week suggest that the proposed clash between the top teams in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres will take place in the south of France on February 5th or 6th, just a week before the 2015 Super Rugby season kicks off.  The Waratahs face Western Force...

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