European Professional Club Rugby

European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR)
Sport Rugby union
Founded 2014 (2014)
Headquarters Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Chief Exec Jacques Pineau
Replaced European Rugby Cup (ERC)
Official website
.com.epcrugbywww

European Professional Club Rugby (or EPCR) is the governing body and organiser of two European rugby union club tournaments: the European Rugby Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup.[1] The organisation was established in 2014 and is headquartered in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Switzerland was chosen so as not to have the headquarters based in any of the six participating countries.[2]

The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup run by EPCR replace the Heineken Cup tournament that was run by Dublin based European Rugby Cup until 2014.

EPCR’s has nine major shareholders - the six tier one unions and federations whose national teams play in the Six Nations Championship, and the three club bodies that represent English, French and Welsh teams in their respective leagues.

The inaugural competitions will be held in the 2014-15 season.

EPCR Governance

Board of Directors

EPCR is managed through a 12-person Board of Directors, which represents all shareholders, and includes an independent chairman. The nine shareholders, by country, are listed below:[3]

Executive Committee

There is also an Executive Committee, in charge of commercial matters relating to the tournaments, and preparations for Board meetings. This committee includes the Independent Chairman, Director-General, and three voting representatives, one representing each of the major European domestic leagues, the Top 14, the English Premiership and Pro 12. Representation by English and French clubs on the three-person executive committee represents an increase in voting power for these two leagues as compared to the previous European Rugby Cup.[4]

The three voting members of the executive are:[5]

Jacques Pineau is the Director General of EPCR, and will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of EPCR.[3][6][7]

Revenue

Revenues generated by EPCR tournaments will be divided in three equal parts — one third to English clubs, one third to French clubs, and one third to Pro12 clubs, but with a minimum distribution guarantee for Pro12 clubs during the first five years.[8][9] Under the previous European Rugby Cup, the Pro12 teams had received 52% of revenues, while English clubs and French clubs received 24% each.[10]

EPCR Elite Awards

The Elite Awards were created by ERC, to celebrate the 10th anniversary season of the Heineken Cup. Introduced to recognise the most prominent teams and players of the competitions, EPCR has since maintained and continued the awards, updating them to include both Heineken Cup and European Rugby Champions Cup appearances.

Teams with 50 or more European Cup appearances

Team Appearences
(Heineken Cup)
Appearences
(Champions Cup)
Total Appearences
Munster 138 3 141
Toulouse 138 3 141
Leinster 128 3 131
Leicester Tigers 124 3 127
Scarlets[n 1] 117 3 120
Ulster 117 3 120
Cardiff Blues[n 2] 114 0 114
Edinburgh 103 0 103
Benetton Treviso 96 3 99
Glasgow Warriors 91 3 94
Biarritz Olympique 92 0 92
Northampton Saints 83 3 86
Perpignan 81 0 81
Wasps RFC 78 3 81
Stade Français 79 0 79
Montferrand/Clermont Auvergne 76 3 79
Bath 72 3 75
Ospreys 69 3 72
Harlequins 68 3 71
Castres Olympique 64 3 67
Gloucester 64 0 64
Saracens 56 3 59
  1. ^ Includes 48 appearances as Llanelli RFC before the
    introduction of regional rugby union teams in Wales
  2. ^ Includes 44 appearances as Cardiff RFC before the
    introduction of regional rugby union teams in Wales

Players with 100 or more European Cup caps

Player Club(s) Appearences
(Heineken Cup)
Appearences
(Champions Cup)
Total Appearences
Ronan O'Gara Munster 110 0 110
John Hayes Munster 101 0 101
Gordon D'Arcy Leinster 98 3 101

References

  1. ^ Official site
  2. ^ "European Rugby Cup officials seconded to run the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup", Telegraph, 9 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b Future of European Rugby resolved, RFU.com
  4. ^ "European Rugby Cup officials seconded to run the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup", Telegraph, 9 July 2014.
  5. ^ Registre du Commerce du Canton de Neuchâtel - EPCR Entry
  6. ^ The Guardian Northampton to face Racing, Ospreys and Treviso in European Cup - Accessed 16/6/14
  7. ^ Inaugural EPCR finals set for London
  8. ^ "European Rugby Cup officials seconded to run the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup", Telegraph, 9 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Heads of disagreement: reflections on the European rugby debacle", Sports Pro, 11 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Heads of disagreement: reflections on the European rugby debacle", Sports Pro, 11 April 2014.