NEWS: Draws for new Rugby Champions Cup and Rugby Challenge Cup take place

The new era of European rugby competition began in Neuchâtel, Switzerland today with the draws for next season’s inaugural Rugby Champions Cup and Rugby Challenge Cup. The competitions replace the now defunct Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup and are run by a new organising committee called European Professional Club Rugby.  EPCR aims to create…

A referee’s purpose? That’s entertainment.

So, the much-debated Heineken Cup has started then and I have to say the opening two rounds were top-drawer.  Several excellent matches, some close encounters and a welcome increase in competition across the board.  All in all, it was a thoroughly entertaining couple of weekends: entertaining but bittersweet. The very idea that this tournament could…