Following hot on the heels of the IRFU’s announcement that it would not back the English and French clubs’ proposal for a Rugby Champions Cup, and in what is clearly a co-ordinated message, the WRU and SRU have issued statements reaffirming their support for the IRB and ERC.
Their statements read:
“Scottish Rugby and its clubs remain fully committed to the development of a pan European Rugby Competition and we welcome the recent comments made by the IRB Chairman, who confirmed that a pan European tournament remains the goal of the IRB. We are confident this can be achieved.
“Scottish Rugby remains committed to working with our colleagues across Europe and encourages all parties to fully engage in meaningful negotiations. We hope that negotiations can be concluded quickly.”
“The Welsh Rugby Union remains fully committed to the development of a pan European Rugby competition. We welcome the recent comments made by the International Rugby Board Chairman, who confirmed that a pan European tournament remains the goal of the IRB.
“The Welsh Rugby Union wishes to clarify that it will not sanction any of its clubs or Regions participating in future tournaments which do not have the full approval of the IRB and the WRU.
“The WRU wants an agreement to be achieved and reiterates its determination to negotiate a new format for the European Cup with all of the stakeholders. The WRU’s focus is to work collaboratively with our colleagues across Europe, encouraging all parties to conclude our negotiations as quickly as possible.”
These statements further muddy the waters as to how feasible the Rugby Champions Cup actually is from a legal standpoint, and whether it will include any teams other than French and English clubs.
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