Leading French figures have proposed that Irish legend Brian O’Driscoll takes on the role of President of EPCR as a compromise to the organisers current issues.
Leading figures in the French Federation de Rugby (FFR) and Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) have proposed O’Driscoll as the perfect compromise to alleviate the various warring factions within the organisation.
Currently just eight weeks out from the beginning of the new European competitions, the EPCR are still yet to find a President or Chairman of the Board of Directors leaving Jacques Pinaud based along in the tournaments new offices in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Somewhat ironically, so bad is the current state of affairs at EPCR, the organisation have been forced to sub-contract 17 staff from European Rugby Cup Ltd (ERC) (the organisers of the old Heineken Cup) to effectively run the new tournament.
Given an increasing number of issues arising between the French and English parties, including the location of EPCR’s base, O’Driscoll has been proposed as a compromise candidate for the Presidency.
Pierre Camus, president of the FFR, is believed to be particularly keen on this idea, as might be Rene Fontes, the LNR representative on the EPCR executive committee along with the other vice-presidents, Bruce Craig (PRL) and Paul McNaughton (Pro 12).
Eight weeks away from the onset of the new European and Challenge Cups, more pressing still is the absence of any television deal in France following the decision by the Autorité de la Concurrence, the French competition authority, to rule that the deal between LNR and Canal+ for coverage of the Top 14, worth €350 million over five years, was illegal.
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