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In my opinion a better way of organizing the qualification, but it spells the end of Italian involvement.

EPCR announces key changes to Champions Cup qualification

At the conclusion of 2017/18, the seven highest-ranked clubs from the Guinness PRO12 will qualify for the following season's Champions Cup regardless of their country of origin. This will replace the current format which requires that at least one club from each of Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales is included in the seven qualifiers.

The qualification process for the Aviva Premiership and the TOP 14 which sees the six highest-ranked clubs secure places in the Champions Cup will remain.
There will also be an added incentive for Challenge Cup clubs with the tournament winner automatically taking the 20th spot in the Champions Cup. If the Challenge Cup winner is already qualified, then the losing finalist will take its place.

"These changes are designed to strengthen both the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup," said EPCR Director General, Vincent Gaillard. "The new qualification format will contribute further to the advances that we have made in attendances, TV audiences and expansion to new territories as we continue to create outstanding rugby experiences for participating clubs, players, sponsors, broadcasters and importantly, our fans."
PRO12 Rugby Chief Executive, Martin Anayi, welcomed the changes. "Everyone has seen the positive impact that meritocracy has had on the Guinness PRO12 since it was introduced in the 2014/15 season. Competition has never been greater among our clubs and these latest changes will deliver true meritocracy to our Championship.

"In this past season, we have been greatly encouraged by the performances of our teams in the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup and this development will prime them to make a greater impact in the future." http://www.epcrugby.com/news/35907.php#.WR2jaZLyvIW

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Thu May 18, 2017 2:41 pm
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Good idea, long overdue

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So, 4 Irish, 2 jocks and 1 Welsh, seems fair :D

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Fids the Blindside wrote:
So, 4 Irish, 2 jocks and 1 Welsh, seems fair :D


We may have only 2 by then, and 1 will be in North Wales and worse than Newport ;)

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Fids the Blindside wrote:
So, 4 Irish, 2 Welsh and 1 Jock, seems fair :D


Fixed. Anyway, in all serious, this is long overdue and welcome.


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It's the way it should be.

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Thu May 18, 2017 11:36 pm
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Post Re: New EPCR Qualification - End of Italians
Think this is a great idea and will benefit the pro 12 encouraging competition in a mini European league. Taking the league as it stands now we would have 3 Irish, 3 Welsh, 1 Scottish

Think this would also add incentives further down the table e.g. for Edinburgh and Connaught to have a crack at the blues...


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as a rule they do but both have had poor seasons

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Post Re: New EPCR Qualification - End of Italians
Since the league went to 12 teams the only 2 who have never made the top 7 are Edinburgh and Zebre, so we might see an Italian improvement. A place for the Challenge Cup winner makes that competition worth more too.


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