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.
Tommy Taylor is one of three Sale players who could potentially be running out on Sunday at Twickenham when England take on the Barbarians. We managed to catch Tommy for a chat during a break in training and he told us about the long road back after injuring his knee last May in the corresponding fixture.
Peter Stringer signed for the club last week and he joins an illustrious list of Sharks scrum-halves and has to do a lot to be at the top of this list. We've ranked the Top Five No. 9s who have pulled on the Sharks shirt.