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Statement from Celtic Unions

26th September 2013 12:19

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Statement: Celtic Unions

The Welsh, Irish and Scottish Rugby Unions have issued statements saying they will not be participating in future Cups which do not have the approval of the International Rugby Board or the relevant national Rugby Unions.

The separate statements were released at the same time on Thursday as the row over the future of European club rugby competitions rumbles on.

"Scottish Rugby and its clubs remain fully committed to the development of a pan European Rugby Competition and we welcome the recent comments made by the IRB Chairman, who confirmed that a pan European tournament remains the goal of the IRB. We are confident this can be achieved," said the SRU.

"Scottish Rugby remains committed to working with our colleagues across Europe and encourages all parties to fully engage in meaningful negotiations. We hope that negotiations can be concluded quickly."

That view was echoed by their Welsh and Irish counterparts.

"The Welsh Rugby Union remains fully committed to the development of a pan European Rugby competition. We welcome the recent comments made by the International Rugby Board Chairman, who confirmed that a pan European tournament remains the goal of the IRB," said the WRU.

"The Welsh Rugby Union wishes to clarify that it will not sanction any of its clubs or Regions participating in future tournaments which do not have the full approval of the IRB and the WRU.

"The WRU wants an agreement to be achieved and reiterates its determination to negotiate a new format for the European Cup with all of the stakeholders.

"The WRU's focus is to work collaboratively with our colleagues across Europe, encouraging all parties to conclude our negotiations as quickly as possible.

Irish Rugby Football Union added: "The Irish Rugby Football Union wishes to clarify that its clubs will not be participating in future tournaments which do not have the full approval of the International Rugby Board (IRB) or the relevant National Rugby Unions.

"The IRFU and its clubs remain fully committed to the development of a pan European Rugby Competition and we welcome the recent comments made by the IRB Chairman, who confirmed that a pan European tournament remains the goal of the IRB. We are confident this can be achieved

"Our focus now is to work collaboratively with our colleagues across Europe, encouraging all parties to come to the table and engage in meaningful negotiations."

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