EPCR

  • EPCR Appoint Two Circles

    European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) have appointed data-driven sports marketing agency Two Circles to help grow and better engage with their audiences. The partnership plans to build foundations for EPCR to accelerate engagement growth across the 2017/18 season. Through a better understanding of their fans, in particular the content that they are most interested in and how they consume it, Two Circles will assist EPCR in establishing a new approach to their marketing activities, enhancing fa...

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  • EPCR Court International TV Broadcasters

    EPCR has launched a tender process for the distribution of international broadcast rights for the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup for a four-year period, starting in 2018/19. Proposals have been invited from agencies and broadcasters for rights split into two distinct packages: live matches and highlights. This tender process excludes rights to broadcast in United Kingdom, Ireland and France as these territories were allocated earlier in 2017. EPCR reserved the opportunity to offe...

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  • EPCR Teams Up With Sportradar

    European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has revealed that it will be using Sportradar Security Services to analyse all betting taking place on the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup for the next three seasons. All 67 matches in the Champions Cup and all 67 in the Challenge Cup this season and all those in the next two seasons will be monitored for suspicious odds movements across a broad range of betting operators using the company’s full tailored fraud detection system. EPCR stakeholders and ma...

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  • Hindley Joins EPCR As Head Of PR

    European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), the organiser of the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments, has announced the appointment of Martyn Hindley as head of communications and public relations. An experienced sports writer, broadcaster and communications strategist, Hindley joins from European football's governing body, UEFA, where he was corporate communications specialist after a previous role developing multi-platform content. His work to date in rugby has been primari...

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  • Jutge Heads Up EPCR Officials

    European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has announced the appointment of Joel Jutge as its new head of match officials. Widely respected as a player, referee and administrator, Jutge joins EPCR from World Rugby where he held the post of high performance match official manager and recently presided over a successful match officials programme at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He was previously elite referee manager at the Federation Francaise de Rugby (FFR) from 2007 to 2012. As one of the world's lead...

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  • Gloucester And Altrad To Wait For EPCR

    ... take place on February 13-14. Scaffolding magnate Altrad already holds complete control of French Top 14 side Montpellier Herault and the billionaire is looking to buy around 54 per cent from Gloucester owner Martin St Quinton. The main issue for the EPCR to consider is whether any investment in Gloucester from Altrad would cause a conflict of interest as both clubs could play in the same European competition – either the Champions Cup or Challenge Cup. "The matter is on the agenda for the EP...

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  • Courtney To Say Farewell After Finals

    Donal Courtney is leaving his position as EPCR head of match officials following the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals in Lyon this weekend. The identity of his replacement has not yet been confirmed but Courtney has resigned to “pursue business interests outside of professional rugby” after spending the last seven years in the role since he was appointed back in 2009. He developed an evidenced-based match official selection process based on detailed performance analysis...

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  • BT Sport Take European Cup Rights In UK And Ireland

    BT Sport has secured the rights to screen the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup in the United Kingdom and Ireland for the four-year cycle until summer 2022 as the competitions move to one pay-TV broadcaster from the 2018/19 season. EPCR has also reserved the rights for free-to-air coverage in the UK and Ireland, allowing EPCR to meet its key objective of taking its matches to a larger audience and will take those rights to market at a later date. It comes after a boost in revenue w...

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  • Altrad Presents His Case In Geneva, EPCR Consider Integrity

    The board of EPCR needed time for further consideration after receiving a presentation in Geneva this week from Martin St Quinton, Gloucester’s chairman and Mohed Altrad of Altrad Participations - the parent company of Montpellier Hérault Rugby - regarding a proposed acquisition of the Premiership club. While a Gloucester press release described the talks as “productive”, an EPCR statement said: “The board will continue its dialogue with all stakeholders ahead of further discussion with...

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  • EPCR Appoints Director General And Chairman

    European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), the organisers of the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments, have appointed Vincent Gaillard as director general and Simon Halliday as independent chairman. Gaillard joins from the Swiss-based SportAccord, which is the General Association of International Sports Federations, where he was chief executive officer and he has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior executive with global brands. He previously managed sponsorship for C...

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