Empty seats leave Champions Cup licking its wounds and looking at rejig

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European club rugby faces crunch time with CVC sniffing around Pro14 and the only certainty being that change is afoot

Next month in Newcastle they are promising to host the best weekend that club rugby union has ever known. A convivial city, an iconic stadium, two ding-dong finals and a vibrant late-night social scene: anyone heading to Tyneside is in for a treat. Assuming the weather plays along, it will make Twickenham feel like Madame Tussauds.

It might come as a surprise to many, therefore, that the future of Europe’s elite club competition is not yet entirely guaranteed beyond 2022. The entire road map of domestic and international rugby is in the process of being reassessed and no one currently knows where the Champions Cup and its smaller cousin, the Challenge Cup, will fit in.

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Written by Robert Kitson
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2019/apr/23/empty-seats-champions-cup-looking-rejig-rugby-union-cvc-pro14 under the title “Empty seats leave Champions Cup licking its wounds and looking at rejig”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.