ERC faces tough challenge to convince English and French clubs to remain in European competitions
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Premiership Rugby and its French counterpart, the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR), on Tuesday night announced a shocking move to move away from both European club competitions that left the survival of next season contests in doubt. In a combined move, the Anglo-French leagues announced that from the 2014-15 season their clubs will not be participating in the Heineken Cup or the Amlin Challenge Cup, but would instead take part in a new competition, having served a notice that they would leave the current ERC tournaments in June last year. Importantly, the English and French club have left the door open for other teams to join the new competition and virtually closed the door on any return to the European Rugby Cup, which has triggered an angry reaction from the Italian and Celtic clubs who met in Dublin yesterday.
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