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IRB chairman backs ERC

24th September 2013 16:28

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Bernard Lapasset

Bernard Lapasset: 'Unions must remain masters of the game'

International Rugby Board chairman Bernard Lapasset has voiced his opposition to plans for an Anglo-French led European breakaway competition.

The world governing body is backing European Rugby Cup Ltd in the row over the future of continental club rugby, with Lapasset insisting any future European tournament must be Union-run.

While Premiership Rugby are confident of gaining the endorsement of the Rugby Football Union for the breakaway 'Rugby Champions Cup', the French Rugby Federation has already signalled that it will block French participation in the new competition.

Lapasset pledged that the IRB "will ensure we have a European competition which fulfils its name, which is not confiscated by some nations but has a real international interest.

"The IRB will defend this principle: not a privatisation of a competition in the interest of some people" adding that "unions maintain pre-eminence over the leagues... the unions must remain masters of the game."

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European Rugby Champions Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Leinster622
2Northampton617
3Castres69
4Ospreys65
Pool 2
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
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1Toulon624
2Cardiff Blues614
3Exeter612
4Glasgow Warriors611
Pool 3
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
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1Toulouse623
2Saracens620
3Connacht613
4Zebre60
Pool 4
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
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1Clermont Auvergne624
2Harlequins616
3Scarlets611
4Racing Metro Paris67
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European Rugby Champions Cup Table
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1Ulster626
2Leicester Tigers621
3Montpellier611
4Treviso60
Pool 6
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Munster623
2Gloucester614
3Edinburgh612
4Perpignan67