European club rugby is back and it is time the Champions Cup delivered some excitement and drama
European club rugby is back and the stark reality is that the new Champions Cup — now in its third season — is still searching for identity and gravitas.
So far, something has been missing. The old Heineken Cup provided annual drama, fascinating tribalism and variety, before the status quo was shattered by an uprising instigated by clubs from the powerful Top 14 in France and Aviva Premiership in England.
The upshot has been greater meritocracy, but also monotony. The continent’s blue-riband event has become an Anglo-French competition with a few invited guests from outside those borders. ... read more
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