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Rugby: does the European Cup still have a meaning?


New format, matches canceled or played on green carpet because of the Covid, the interest of the Champions Cup is debated.

A competition that is suffering the full brunt of the ravages of Covid-19.

The 2022 edition of the European Rugby Cup is forced to adapt, willy-nilly, to the consequences of the health crisis.

At the risk of becoming completely unreadable, with matches awarded on the green carpet (victory, defeat or draw) due to outbreaks of cases or, as on the 2nd day, travel restrictions between France and the United Kingdom.

Latest victim to date, Stade Toulousain, affected by a dozen positive cases, which could be eliminated from the group stage if it cannot play its fourth and last match against Cardiff (in this case, defeat on green carpet 28 -0).

A blow for the reigning European champion, who has only 7 points with a victory over Cardiff, a draw on green carpet and a defeat against Wasps.

With just one win on the pitch, Bristol already qualified...

The EPCR, which organizes continental competitions, had set up a new competition format to adapt to these foreseeable constraints...

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Source: lefigaro

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