Premiership Rugby notes the statement issued this evening concerning the proposed new European club rugby competitions for the 2014/15 season.
There is no detail concerning the teams involved or the competition format given the absence of so many teams.
The English and French clubs served notice on ERC and its competitions on 1st June 2012 and the required notice period concludes after the end of this season when the Accord will terminate.
Today's announcement would appear to indicate that the latest negotiations have been ended, as was the case in September 2013. As a result, we shall continue to implement the plans underway for the Rugby Champions Cup with the declared participants in time for the 2014-15 season, as required by our clubs and communicated in the joint statement of 10 September 2013 and subsequent media statements.
The two new competitions will be based on:
* Qualification on merit
* A strong competition format
* Equality between the leagues
* Higher commercial values for the teams
* Expansion into new markets.
Two British & Irish Lions are retiring at the end of the season, and they will be facing each other as Ugo Monye of Harlequins will be taking on Mark Cueto of Sale Sharks at The AJ Bell Stadium next Saturday (25th) at 2pm.
Don't miss Danny Cipriani's attempt to outfox England captain Chris Robshaw at our game against Quins next Saturday. Robshaw has battled to keep the world's top fly-half's quiet in England colours and will attempt to stifle Danny's exciting talent when they face up against each other at the AJ Bell Stadium.