ERC board to meet in Dublin

Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:08
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The ERC board will meet in Dublin on Wednesday after French and English clubs threatened to break away from the European Cup.

The European Club Rugby (ERC) board will meet in Dublin on Wednesday after French and English clubs threatened to break away from the European Cup.

Talks over a new deal to safeguard the future of the European Cup have so far failed to reach agreement on the structure of the tournament and commercial arrangements for it.

English and French clubs want to reduce not only the number of participating teams, but specifically the number of Celtic League teams guaranteed automatic entry.

They complain that Celtic League teams have an unfair advantage as they can rest players before European Cup matches, knowing full well they are not risking their participation in the following season.

This season, only one Celtic League team, Wales's Newport Gwent Dragons, failed to qualify for the European Cup. It means the continent's top club competition is made up of 11 Celtic League teams, seven from France and six from England.

The English and French want to establish a more even distribution of places across the three leagues.

Adding further fuel to the dispute is a row over television rights to ERC's leading competition.

ERC have a deal in place with Sky Sports while Premiership Rugby sold the rights for those games played by their clubs from next season to BT Vision, a new channel launched recently in the United Kingdom.

ERC considers the new deal to be "illegal", insisting that only they can negotiate broadcast rights for the competition.

Furthermore, they recently extended their contract with Sky Sports until 2018.

As a result of the ongoing row, all parties involved in the ongoing consultation process aimed at formulating a new Accord which will provide for the structure and format of European club tournaments for the 2014/15 season and beyond will meet on Wednesday.

“While there is a shared sense of frustration among ERC's stakeholders at the lack of progress towards a new Accord, the meeting will provide an opportunity for the parties to review the consultation process to date,” a ERC statement read.

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Sat, 16 December 2017
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
Fri, 22 December 2017
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Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 22h00 Franklin's Gardens
Leicester Tigers v Saracens 22h00 Welford Road
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers 22h00 Sixways
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RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
EUROPEAN CUP
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Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 3 3 0 0 15
Ulster 3 1 0 2 8
Wasps 3 1 0 2 6
Harlequins 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 3 3 0 0 14
Saracens 3 2 0 1 10
Ospreys 3 1 0 2 8
Northampton Saints 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 3 3 0 0 14
Exeter Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Montpellier 3 1 0 2 8
Glasgow Warriors 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 3 2 1 0 11
Castres 3 1 1 1 7
Leicester Tigers 3 1 0 2 6
Racing Metro 3 1 0 2 6
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Toulon 3 3 0 0 12
Bath 3 2 0 1 9
Scarlets 3 1 0 2 7
Treviso 3 0 0 3 3