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ERC staff to run Rugby Champions Cup

09th July 2014 10:02

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Twist: ERC & EPCR

In an ironic twist following the shift of power from ERC to the new EPCR, next year's Rugby Champions Cup will be run by ERC officials.

The Daily Telegraph reports that with the Switzerland-based European Professional Club Rugby only being formed in April and with their recruitment yet to be completed, ERC staff have been asked to step in to administer the tournament.

ERC employees helped to carry out the Pool draws last month and are expected to run the tournament for the entire season.

Given the Dublin-based company was set to be dissolved following the new accord between the Premiership, Pro12 and Top 14, the news comes as a surprise.

Premier Rugby chairman Quentin Smith even went as far to say at the time of the formation of the ECPR that the ERC was "no longer fit for purpose".

The new Rugby Champions Cup, which has replaced the Heineken Cup, sees a reduction in the number of teams from 24 to 20.

ERC staff are in long-term limbo beyond this season however, with some employees set to be offered first refusal on mirror roles with the new organisation based in Neuchatel.

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Saturday , December 6
Sale vs Saracens13:00
Munster vs Clermont Auvergne15:15
Harlequins vs LeinsterTBC
Leicester vs ToulonTBC
Ulster vs ScarletsTBC
Montpellier vs BathTBC
Toulouse vs GlasgowTBC
Benetton Treviso vs Northampton13:00
Ospreys vs Racing Metro 9215:15
Sunday , December 7
Castres vs Wasps13:00
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Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne 35 - 3 Sale SharksClermont Auvergne vs Sale Sharks Report
Castres 16 - 21 LeinsterCastres vs Leinster Report
Wasps 16 - 23 HarlequinsWasps vs Harlequins Report
Benetton Treviso 10 - 26 Racing Metro 92
Saturday , October 25
Bath 19 - 21 ToulouseBath vs Toulouse Report
Montpellier 13 - 15 GlasgowMontpellier vs Glasgow Report
Ulster 13 - 23 ToulonUlster vs Toulon Report
Northampton 34 - 6 OspreysNorthampton vs Ospreys Report
Scarlets 15 - 3 LeicesterScarlets vs Leicester Report
Friday , October 24
Munster 14 - 3 SaracensMunster vs Saracens Report
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1Munster28
2Clermont Auvergne26
3Saracens25
4Sale Sharks21
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1Harlequins28
2Leinster28
3Wasps22
4Castres21
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1Toulon28
2Scarlets24
3Leicester Tigers24
4Ulster21
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1Glasgow Warriors29
2Toulouse28
3Montpellier22
4Bath21
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1Racing Metro Paris28
2Northampton25
3Ospreys25
4Treviso20