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    New threat to Heineken Cup future

    <H1>New threat to Heineken Cup future</H1>

    Monday, April 2, 2007

    English clubs are to join their French counterparts in considering a boycott of the Heineken Cup next season, according to reports.

    After a weekend in which Leicester, Northampton and Wasps progressed to the competition's semi-final, the Guinness Premiership clubs are apparently prepared to risk legal action from the Rugby Football Union by pulling out of the cup next season.

    French clubs will make a decision this week whether to carry out their threat while European Rugby Cup also get together to thrash out a new five-year agreement.

    This latest news arises after the stalling of talks between the RFU and Premier Rugby over a new system of co-operation.

    Wasps chief executive David Davies told the Guardian: "If the RFU persists with its current standpoint, it is questionable whether there will be any European competition next year.

    "That would call into question the future of the tournament. It is not unreasonable to grant Premier Rugby a shareholding in its own right, and there is a growing feeling that the clubs who bring most to this competition should have a voice in how it is run commercially, having long expressed our concerns about its commercial performance.

    "It is the denial of this voice which is bringing the Heineken Cup to its knees."© 2007
    Offside Ref! He's being doing it all day

    It is now nearly certain that there will be no Heineken Cup next season on thursday the French are going to withdraw from next seasons HC which means that the English clubs will also not take part next season which also means that Heineken will not sponser the Tournament next season and there is a strong possibility that this seasons Heineken Cup is the last HC ever


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      There is already a thread covering this.
      Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale


        Well looks like Master McGrath has killed the goose that lays the golden eggs. What a muppet. Sure anybody knows that the big English and French clubs are not going to continue playing for a pittance. Don't blame them lads, they are commercial clubs first and foremost. It's the amount being siphoned off by ERC that galls them, plus the amateurish amounts they negotiated for TV rights.
        Hello friends in Brussels. Baldy here