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Two rounds of both the Heineken Champions Cup and the Challenge cup taking place on the weekends 15-17 and 22-24 January are both in significant doubt due to fears of the new strain of COVID-19.

However, executives say that this seasons European Cup will not be abandoned if the French Government clarifies that it’s clubs cannot partake in the fixtures that remain.

It is believed instead that European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) will instead opt for a suspension of said tournament and completion in April and May. Chief executive Vincent Gaillard believes this to be the case.

Gaillard has suggested that he was sure the four other weekends would be used in “one way or another” if the fixtures taking place this month cannot go ahead.

This comes after multiple boycotts from teams, including Bayonne, whom have threatened to pull out of the challenge cup, as well as Toulon, who have actually done so in their match against Scarlets on the basis of safety concerns.

As a result and to satisfy the teams, the governing body have updated their safety protocols in an attempt to continue the tournaments.

EPCR are currently waiting for a firm decision from the French Government as to whether their clubs can partake in any remaining pool games.

Gaillard added that “We are going to start working on different scenarios as soon as the decision comes in”


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