Long Live the Heineken Cup……..

European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) , the organizers of the new European Rugby Champions Cup, have finally announced the fixtures for the coming season,albeit only for the first two rounds, and much later than their condemned predecessor,ERC, managed in previous seasons.

EPCR have also announced that the first final under their auspices will be at ….Twickenham.Now that control of the event has passed from the Unions to the clubs after a two-year power struggle the new organizers have picked up where the old ones left off.

Whatever happened to the wonderful idea of spreading the gospel by exposing the Final to new audiences in new cities. The San Siro in Milan would have done infinitely more for the event as a genuine pan-European competition than Twickenham, or the Millennium Stadium,or Murrayfield for that matter.

The English-speaking Rugby Champions Cup with France would be a more accurate description.

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