Planet Rugby

'World Cup of Rugby Clubs' a no-go

24th July 2013 14:48

Share:

Mourad Boudjellal celebrating Heineken Cup quarter final win

Thinking big: Mourad Boudjellal

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has had cold water poured on his plans to hold a 'World Cup of Rugby Clubs'.

The Toulon owner has spoken of his desire to schedule a fixture between his team and the winner of the 2013 Super Rugby competition, which will be one of the Chiefs, Bulls, Brumbies and Crusaders.

Boudjellal told Sud Ouest that he had "put the name of 'World Cup of Rugby Clubs' to INPI (French Nation Industrial Property Institute)...as you imagine it does not exist... "

However, it appears unlikely that such a contest will take place, with Jean-Pierre Lux, president of European Rugby Cup Ltd, revealing that Toulon do not have the right to play a match under the premise of being European champions.

"Under the terms of the European Rugby Cup participation agreement that they signed before the competition, the clubs do not have the right to play such a game as European champions especially against the winner of the Super 15, it is stated in the agreement," said Lux.

"I totally understand that he wanted to do something, but Mr. Boudjellal does not have the latitude to organise such a game," he added.

There may be hope of a North v South match-up sometime in the future though, with Lux conceding that the idea did have merit.

"It's a good idea," he said. "We have long been in discussion with SANZAR to set up a match like this but it faces the problem of the calendar. The Rugby Championship begins two weeks after the final of the Super 15 and I do not see the New Zealand Rugby Union, for example, allowing a third of its internationals to go play a game in Europe on the eve of the Rugby Championship."

  • Super Rugby Fixtures
  • Super Rugby Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , August 2
Waratahs 33 - 32 CrusadersWaratahs vs Crusaders Report
Saturday , July 26
Waratahs 26 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Crusaders 38 - 6 SharksCrusaders vs Sharks Report
Saturday , July 19
Brumbies 32 - 30 ChiefsBrumbies vs Chiefs Report
Sharks 31 - 27 HighlandersSharks vs Highlanders Report
More Super Rugby results
  • Super Rugby Table
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Waratahs1658
2Crusaders1651
3Sharks1650
4Brumbies1645
5Chiefs1644
6Highlanders1642
7Hurricanes1641
8Western Force1640
9Bulls1638
10Blues1637
11Stormers1632
12Lions1631
13Reds1628
14Cheetahs1624
15Melbourne Rebels1621
Australian Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Waratahs1658
2Brumbies1645
3Western Force1640
4Reds1628
5Melbourne Rebels1621
New Zealand Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Crusaders1651
2Chiefs1644
3Highlanders1642
4Hurricanes1641
5Blues1637
South African Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Sharks1650
2Bulls1638
3Stormers1632
4Lions1631
5Cheetahs1624