European Professional Club Rugby 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Gloucester And Altrad To Wait For EPCR

    Montpelier chairman, Mohed Altrad will have to wait until mid-February to find out if he will be given the go-ahead to become Gloucester's majority shareholder, says the Gloucestershire Live website. The Club were hoping for a speedier resolution but European Professional Club Rugby have confirmed that they will not make a decision over whether to give consent until their next executive committee and board meetings, which take place on February 13-14. Scaffolding magnate Altrad already holds com...

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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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  • 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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  • Rugby Champions Cup Set To Partner With Heineken

    The new European Rugby Champions Cup is set to partner up with Heineken, the brand that held the title sponsorship of the previous incarnation of the tournament. The Rugby Paper reports that the lager brand will pay around £4 million per year to become one of five major sponsors of the new tournament, which will begin this season. Other companies rumoured to be in the running are Turkish Airlines and Allianz, who sponsor Saracens. Heineken are reportedly expected to become the first brand to co...

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