Welsh regions backing Rugby Champions Cup
8:09pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Sport
THE WELSH regions have joined forces with the English and French by giving their backing to the breakaway Rugby Champions Cup, writes Chris Kirwan.
Newport Gwent Dragons, the Ospreys, Cardiff Blues and the Scarlets have announced their desire to join forces with the Aviva Premiership and Top 14 clubs.
They have announced that they will not take part in the Heineken Cup or Amlin Challenge Cup next season, instead deciding to set up new pan-European tournaments.
And on the eve of summit talks in Dublin – which the England and French will not be attending – the Welsh regions have said they also want to break away from the European Rugby Cup-run competitions.
"Regional Rugby Wales, on behalf of the four Welsh regions, confirms its full support for the proposed new Rugby Champions Cup competitions," read a statement.
"Whilst there remain elements of detail to be confirmed, it is now clear that there are a number of significant advantages to the new competitions in equality of governance, format, qualification and distribution across the individual participating clubs.
"Consequently, RRW looks forward to working with the WRU (Welsh Rugby Union) to support their efforts and positive engagement in striving to ensure our teams are involved in strong, valuable European clubs competitions in time for next season."
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