European Rugby Champions Cup

  • 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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  • Chase On To Sponsor £10m Champions Cup

    Five global brands are in the market to sponsor the proposed ChampionsCup at a minimum asking price of £10m-a-season. Anglo-French organisers of the new European tournament are understood to have opened negotiations 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 2016 European Finals Set For New Lyon Stadium

    The new Grand Stade de Lyon will host the 2016 European Rugby Challenge Cup and Champions Cup finals on May 13 and 14 next year. The 59,000-capacity stadium is set for completion early in 2016 and European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has opted to award it the rights to host its showpiece finals next season. It has also been decided that the 2017 finals will be held in Edinburgh with the famous BT Murrayfield Stadium staging the Champions Cup showpiece, while the venue for the Challenge C...

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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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  • EPCR Reveal Bilbao Ticket Sales And Edinburgh Impact

    ... outstanding Rugby experiences for everyone involved in the competitions.” Meanwhile, the economic impact of the 2017 European Rugby finals weekend in Edinburgh has been calculated at £29.5m (€32.7m) for the host city. The showpiece finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup were hosted by Scottish Rugby at one venue (BT Murrayfield) on a single weekend for the second time and the direct economic benefits for the Scottish capital were recorded at £21.3m (€23.7m) in a re...

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