The announcements by Premiership Rugby and the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) on 10th September confirmed that the Top 14 and Premiership Rugby clubs had instructed their leagues to put in place a new competition in time for the 2014/15 Season.
It is now confirmed that the competition will be named the Rugby Champions Cup.
The Rugby Champions Cup will be open to teams from all three leagues in Europe.
The competition will be based on the principles of qualification on merit, a strong competition format, equality between the leagues, higher commercial values for the teams and expansion into new European markets.
The Top 14 and Premiership Rugby clubs have already confirmed their participation in the new competition and a joint working group has been created to prepare all necessary elements in good time for the 2014/15 season.
Further details concerning the competition format, marketing and financial aspects of the Rugby Champions Cup will be communicated in October.
Sale Sharks entertain Gloucester at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday afternoon (kick off 2pm) knowing that a win will keep up the pressure on the leading pack and help earn a place in the elite European Competition next term.
Sale Sharks have re-scheduled the fans evening, and the new date is Tuesday 5th May at the AJ Bell Stadium, starting at 5-30pm for dressing room tours, club shop and ticket office with the players in attendance from 7pm.
After a week off, the lads are now back in training heading into the final run-in of the Aviva Premiership starting with Gloucester at The AJ Bell Stadium next Sunday afternoon, (29th March) kick off at 2pm.