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EPCR Plan For Upcoming Rounds To Go Ahead As Scheduled

EPCR Plan For Upcoming Rounds To Go Ahead As Scheduled

A view of some of the Connacht fans at the Sportsground for their Heineken Champions Cup opener against Stade Francais ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

EPCR has issued a statement clarifying that the pool matches in rounds 3 and 4 of the Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup are set to go ahead as scheduled.

Following dialogue with the leagues and Unions, EPCR has been informed that exemptions for what is termed the ‘pursuit of an economic activity’, which have been put in place by the French government will apply to clubs and match officials who are travelling between France and the UK.

Further information will also be sought from the French authorities regarding possible new conditions which may be applicable to travel between France and the UK.

While recognising that these are particularly challenging times for all its stakeholders, EPCR will continue to work with the leagues and unions so that this month’s matches can be played safely.

The leading eight Heineken Champions Cup teams from each of the pools will qualify for the knockout stages, and with 10 sides progressing to the Challenge Cup round of 16, plus a further six qualifiers from the Champions Cup ahead of the Marseille finals next May, EPCR is optimistic that this season’s tournaments will be played to a successful conclusion.

In addition, discussions are ongoing regarding the five Heineken Champions Cup and two Challenge Cup round 2 fixtures which were postponed due to unforeseen circumstances arising from changes to border controls between France and the UK. No further comment will be made at this time.