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French clubs agree to take part in Heineken Cup next season - reports

The Rugby Champions Cup looks dead in the water… for now.

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REPORTS FROM FRANCE this afternoon say that today’s scheduled meeting with the club presidents of Top 14 clubs has, for now at least, brought good news for the Heineken Cup.

The LNR representatives convened the meeting outside Paris today to finally decide on which route to European competition they would take.

According to Midi Olympique, the presidents have voted in accordance with the FFR wishes and opted to compete under the ERC banner in the Heineken and Amlin Challenge Cup next season, but will again push for reform for the 2015/16 season.

Such a vote would leave Premiership rugby clubs, who previously declared they would not rejoin ERC competition, without their main ally in the move to form the Rugby Champions Cup.

English clubs have previously boycotted the Heineken Cup, but the door will remain open to them in the coming months should they decide to follow the LNR’s lead and backtrack in order to compete at European level in the 2014/15 season.

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