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The EPCR has ruled, the meetings postponed to mid-December will ultimately end in a draw

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After the rumors, confirmation. Postponed due to health and travel constraints between France and the United Kingdom in mid-December, the matches of the second day of the European Rugby Cups will not ultimately be replayed and will therefore end in a draw.

“The EPCR executive team decided that the appropriate solution was to score a draw of 0-0, with two classification points awarded to each club, for the five Champions Cup matches and the two Challenge matches. Cup in question, ”said the organizers in a statement.

The EPCR wanted to avoid a headache in terms of the calendar

On the eve of its meetings, scheduled for mid-December, the French government had indeed reinstated the obligation of “compelling reasons” for travelers from and to the United Kingdom in the face of “the extremely rapid distribution of the Omicron variant” . Seven matches were affected by these travel restrictions: Bath – La Rochelle, Sale – Clermont, Scarlets – Bordeaux-Bègles, Stade français – Bristol and Toulouse – Wasps in the European Cup; Worcester – Biarritz and London Irish – Brive in Challenge.

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“Options to change formats [l’idée de 8es de finale sur un match sec a un temps été envisagée] tournaments and / or rescheduling matches were discussed in detail by all parties. However, given the increasingly complicated schedule due to Covid-19, it was unfortunately decided that the only choice in these circumstances was to cancel these matches, ”explained the EPCR. The third day of the European Cup is scheduled for January 14-16.

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