European Skilled Club Rugby (EPCR) are in the task of finalising revised formats for the European Champions Cup and Topic Cup tournaments.
The changes come as the Pro14’s successor tournament, the United Rugby Championship welcomes the four former Gigantic Rugby franchises from South Africa.
European rugby set for overhaul
The EPCR delight in revealed that there’ll possible be some modifications to the Champions Cup and Topic Cup formats in the upcoming 2021/22 season in explain to assist with its stakeholders’ forward planning.
For the upcoming season, there’ll possible be no South African groups in European rugby nonetheless it certainly is extremely possible that quite a bit of groups will possible be amongst the eight representatives from the newly-formed United Rugby Championship.
“As we assign the finishing touches to a glossy shareholder settlement which guarantees to be definite for every person involved in our tournaments, we are continuing to refine and intention the Champions Cup and Topic Cup, and next season will glimpse a return to a paunchy series of massively exciting and aggressive suits all over Europe,” acknowledged EPCR Chief Govt, Vincent Gaillard.
South Africa join the social gathering
EPCR confirmed that discussions surrounding principal points of the formats for next season, and future seasons, within the framework of the glossy shareholder settlement would include the participation of South African groups.
Whether this would possibly per chance well prompt a title alternate or principal rebranding is unclear at this stage.
2021/22 European rugby weekends
Round 1 – December 10/11/12
Round 2 – December 17/18/19
Round 3 – January 14/15/16, 2022 14/15/16
Round 4 – January 21/22/23, 2022
Round of 16 (1st leg) – April 8/9/10, 2022
Round of 16 (2nd leg) – April 15/16/17, 2022
Quarter-finals – Could per chance 6/7/8, 2022
Semi-finals – Could per chance 13/14/15, 2022
Topic Cup final – Could per chance 27, 2022; Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Champions Cup final – Saturday, Could per chance 28, 2022; Stade Vélodrome, Marseille