April 10, 2014 (ISN) – International Rugby Board Chairman Bernard Lapasset has welcomed the agreement of an accord that ensures the future of a strong structure of pan-European club competitions.
Lapasset said: “I would like to thank all stakeholders for their full commitment to achieving the goal of a genuine pan-European competition structure that is in the best interests of the global Game and that fully complies with IRB Regulations and Bye-Laws.”
“The IRB became involved in the process because we firmly believe in a strong and vibrant European competition structure that provides competition and player pathways and the solid foundations for Rugby to grow and flourish across all 40 national Unions. This accord will achieve just that.”
“It is no secret that this has been a difficult process for all involved, but I am pleased that the IRB has been able to play its part in assisting and supporting our Unions within the negotiations and ensuring that the sanctity of IRB Regulations and Bye-Laws are at the heart of the accord.”
“European Rugby fans and the region’s top players can now look forward to a strong accord and competition structure that promotes and celebrates the best of the European Game.”