It looks as if it might be a case of Heineken Cup RIP.
Unless something very radical happens very quickly it looks
as if English and French clubs, plus anyone else who wants to join in, will
play in a separate European competition next season.
It’s been 15 months since the English and French clubs
served notice to quit, 15 months in which zero progress has been made on
matters such as the inequitable qualification process, number of teams and
distribution of revenue.
It appears that the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Italian clubs
have been prepared to call the bluff of the Entente Cordiale, presumably in the
expectation that the status quo would, more or less, be maintained – a tactic
which appears to have backfired spectacularly, despite what ERC are claiming.
Oh to have been a fly on the wall at today’s ERC board meeting in Dublin...