Industry Shorts: Champions Cup, Premiership Rugby

24 Mar 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

The semi-finals and finals of rugby’s Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The EPCR says it is committed to completing the European rugby season, and is planning to reschedule the already-postponed quarter-final and newly-postponed semi-final matches, as well its Marseille finals at a later date.

The organisation has also confirmed that tickets already purchased for the Marseille finals will be valid for the new dates when announced and that, when the dates are confirmed, fans who are unable to attend on the new dates will be entitled to a refund.

Meanwhile, Gallagher Premiership Rugby games could take place on midweek dates in order to finish the season when it is safe to resume the season.

The RFU has already ended the current season at all levels below the Premiership, but the move could see players from the top division asked to play matches in a shorter space of time than normal in order to complete the season. 

The prospect of staging multiple fixtures at the same venue, games behind closed doors and midweek games are all possibilities, according to Premiership Rugby CEO Darren Childs.

Former British Paralympic Association CEO Philip Lane has been appointed as a Non-Executive Member of the Welsh Rugby Players Association (WRPA)

Lane joins the organisation, which represents, develops, promotes and protects professional rugby players in Wales, having been a keen rugby player until he was forced to stop through injury. He has also coached at Saracens, Blackheath and Southend at senior level as well as with England Rugby, where he was a coach and selector of England Colts and Head Coach of England U18s.

INEOS has announced plans to build a hand sanitiser plant in the north of England in the next 10 days, with a view to making one million bottles per month in a bid to help the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The chemicals company has recently been a major investor in sport, having taken over cycling’s Team INEOS, sailing’s INEOS TEAM UK and Ligue 1 football’s OGC Nice as well as backing the INEOS 1:59 Challenge with Eliud Kipchoge.