Tuesday 19 November 2019

The key questions

Mark McCafferty, Premiership Rugby's chief executive
Mark McCafferty, Premiership Rugby's chief executive

- To Mark McCafferty and Premiership Rugby from the ERC board

Why did you feel it appropriate to unilaterally sign a TV deal during a process of discussions regarding the future structure and timing of the Heineken Cup, contrary to both IRB regulations and a mandate from the ERC board itself?

- To the ERC board from Mark McCafferty

Are you willing to concede that ERC should reduce the number of teams in the Heineken Cup and introduce a uniform method of qualifying based on merit?

- To the French clubs

Do you support Premier Rugby's stance in terms of their TV deal and their threat to form an Anglo-French breakaway, or are you willing to continue negotiations to discuss changes to the competition's structure and timing?

The key players

Chairman Jean Pierre-Lux

Chief executive Derek McGrath

Representing England Mark McCafferty (CEO Premiership Rugby)

Peter Wheeler (chief executive Leicester Tigers), Bruce Craig (chairman Bath), Rob Andrew (RFU)

Representing Ireland Philip Browne, Peter Boyle (IRFU)

Representing Wales Roger Lewis (WRU), Stuart Gallacher (chairman, regional rugby)

Representing France Michel Palmié (FFR), René Bouscatel (LNR)

Representing Italy Fabrizio Gaetaniello (FIR), Orazio Arancio (FIR)

Representing Scotland Ian McLauchlan (SRU), Mark Dodson (SRU)

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