Deadline passes but Millar upbeat

International Rugby Board chief Dr. Syd Millar has delivered an upbeat verdict on the Heineken Cup’s future, despite the fact that the deadline set for England’s top brass to agree matters has passed.

Next season’s tournament was put in doubt by top English and French clubs announcing a boycott of the competition, but the boycott was suspended by the French, on the condition that the RFU and Premier Rugby agreed on how to share their holding on the new ERC accord.

The deadline for the English bodies to agree was Friday May 18, and although there has been no official announcement on an agreement between the two bodies, IRB chairman Millar said: “We are very pleased with the progress that has been made in recent weeks in England and France.

“Genuine dialogue between the Rugby Football Union and Premier Rugby Limited is under way, and I believe the future of the Heineken Cup will be secured.

“I remain positive that an agreement on the key issues for the game in England can be put in place shortly which will provide long-term security for the European competitions.”


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