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Toulon owner wants to scrap the Champions Cup, start a European Super League

Mourad Boudjellal also wants to make room in the calendar for a Club World Cup.

Mourad Boudjellal wants to alter the European rugby calendar.
Mourad Boudjellal wants to alter the European rugby calendar.
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THE CHAMPIONS CUP may be in just its second season, but one prominent club owner already wants to see it scrapped.

Mourad Boudjellal believes the current competition format doesn’t work and should be replaced by a European League with 20 clubs, six French, six English and, presumably, the remaining eight coming from the Pro12.

The Toulon owner told Canal+ the league would be formed by two groups of ten, playing 18 round robin matches before a knockout stage that begins with a quarter-final meaning the total number of games would be 21 for the finalists.

Boudjellal’s plan wouldn’t see the scrapping of the French Top 14. Instead, it would be reduced to 12 clubs with relegation and promotion to and from the European Super League.

His proposed scheme would also see the four European Super League semi-finalists face the final four from Super Rugby in a Club World Cup format.

Boudjellal’s argument is that, even if a French club was to reach the final of the Club World Cup, they would play a maximum of 26 games, 13 less than the current maximum of 39 games.

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