Twickenham in frame to stage European finals
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.”