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“The ERC is dead,” LNR president Paul Goze

LNR president Paul Goze last night persisted with the argument that the ERC was “dead” despite the announcement a consensus had been reached in Dublin.

The deal signed by Premiership rugby with BT Sport from next season to show whichever competition the English clubs are involved in conflicts with the deal between the ERC and Sky.

He said: “The ERC is dead because of the two TV rights deal, there can’t be a competition ran by the ERC.

“It can’t survive because the English clubs can’t take part in an ERC-run competition and we don’t want to play in a competition without the English. The only solution is a new competition.

“We’ve known for a while now that they would meet most our format and financial demands but the TV deals make all the difference.”

The former Perpignan president is also confident the IRB will back the new competition.

“We (the clubs) are the heartbeat of this competition so we should also look after the logistics. We want a European competition.

“I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t support a competition that will help European rugby grow. There will be the Champions Cup next year or there will be nothing.”

Watch the video of his interview (in French) below.


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