EPCR have unveiled the prestigious new silverware which leading players across Europe will be dreaming of lifting in May 2015.
EPCR have unveiled the prestigious new silverware which leading players across Europe will be dreaming of lifting in May 2015 and beyond.
In the same vein as the new-look tournaments, the design concept for the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup trophies seeks to combine the rich history and heritage of two decades of European competition with EPCR’s vision for professional club rugby in both established and emerging markets.
The bespoke trophies, made of mixed metals including sterling silver and 18ct gold plating, were crafted by the internationally renowned silversmiths, Thomas Lyte of London.
The unique and attractive designs are set to become iconic emblems of the European club game coveted by players the world over.
Both trophies will be on display at selected matches in the opening rounds of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments which get underway on the weekend of Thursday, 16 October.
The Champions Cup Trophy
Among the engraved detail are 20 stars representing the 20 elite clubs participating in the European Rugby Champions Cup. Nineteen stars running along the back handle simultaneously recognises the 19 European Cup winners from Toulouse in 1996 through to RC Toulon in 2014, while the 20th star sitting at the base of the chalice will honour the 20th champion club who will be crowned in London in May 2015 as well as all future winners.
Another detail of note suggests that the annual winners of the European Rugby Champions Cup will be standing on the shoulders of giants. The gold base plinth features engravings of the 10 clubs who have previously lifted European club rugby’s premier trophy, starting with four-time champions, Toulouse, and followed by the next most successful clubs.
Represented on the gold base are: Toulouse, Leinster, Leicester Tigers, Wasps, Munster, RC Toulon, Bath, Brive, Northampton Saints and Ulster.
Material: Sterling silver with 18ct gold plating handles and interior.
Features: Five handle Star Cup design and cornet reflecting crowning of Kings of Europe.
Challenge Cup Trophy
Material: Sterling silver with sterling silver band.
Features: Rugby ball held aloft by bright sterling silver rods topped in stars.
EPCR have also confirmed that Canterbury will supply the official kit to EPCR’s match officials for the more than 130 games which kick off on the weekend of Thursday, 16 October.