11 Sep 2013

English and French rugby clubs break away from European Cup

6:06 am on 11 September 2013

Top-flight English and French rugby clubs say they are to set up a new tournament to replace the Heineken Cup from next season.

The clubs gave notice last year of their intention to pull out of the two existing European competitions at the end of this season.

They are unhappy with the differing way teams qualify for the Heineken Cup and how proceeds are shared.

The new format will include English and French teams and be open to others.