Twick­en­ham in frame to stage Euro­pean fi­nals

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Gavin Mairs chief rugby cor­re­spon­dent

Twick­en­ham is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion to stage this sea­son’s resched­uled Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup fi­nal in Oc­to­ber, The Daily Tele­graph un­der­stands.

Euro­pean Pro­fes­sional Club Rugby (EPCR) con­firmed yes­ter­day that it had aban­doned plans for the fi­nal to be hosted in Mar­seille this year be­cause of the un­cer­tain­ties cre­ated by the pan­demic.

EPCR is now as­sess­ing venues for this year’s Cham­pi­ons Cup and Chal­lenge Cup fi­nals, and it is un­der­stood that Twick­en­ham, along with Ash­ton Gate and the Ri­coh Arena are in the frame.

The re­sults of the quar­ter-fi­nals, sched­uled for both tour­na­ments on the week­end of Sept 18 to 20, will be one of the key fac­tors in de­cid­ing the new venue for the fi­nal as EPCR wants to min­imise travel de­mands.

The re­stric­tions on crowd at­ten­dances in the var­i­ous ju­ris­dic­tions will also be taken into ac­count, with a late de­ci­sion ex­pected.

One source said: “This sea­son is about meet­ing our obli­ga­tions to ful­fil our fix­tures and to do so we must be able to flex­i­ble. It may be we have to leave it un­til the semi­fi­nal stage, depend­ing on how the var­i­ous lock­down re­stric­tions are eased in var­i­ous ju­ris­dic­tions.”

A EPCR state­ment added: “As is now cus­tom­ary dur­ing the pan­demic, the matches will be sub­ject to govern­ment guide­lines with the health and wel­fare of play­ers, club staff, match of­fi­cials, sup­port­ers and the wider rugby com­mu­nity to the fore.”

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