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EPCR STATEMENT – Match between winners of European Rugby Champions Cup and Super Rugby competition

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Following reports in some sections of the media, EPCR can confirm that it is actively formulating a strategy on how best to organise and market a match in the future between the winners of the European Rugby Champions Cup and the winners of the Super Rugby competition.

As EPCR continues to develop the concept, it has to not least ensure that any such match would be incorporated into the global season at the appropriate time and that it would also involve full-strength squads from both competing clubs to reflect the elite nature of the Champions Cup and Super Rugby tournaments.
 
To that end, EPCR is in discussions with SANZAR, which runs the Super Rugby competition, with a view to working on a joint proposal regarding the match.
 
With planning at an early stage, EPCR will be making no further comment until it is in a position to do so at a future date.

Additional Players – Knockout Stages

Under EPCR tournament rules, clubs which have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup can nominate up to three players for registration to supplement their initial European squads.

The registrations of players who were nominated by the deadline of midday Thursday, 24 March are subject to confirmation by the relevant Unions and by EPCR.

The following have been nominated by their clubs as Additional Players for the knockout stages of the 2015/16 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup: 

CHAMPIONS CUP

Exeter Chiefs
Additional players: Harry Williams (prop), Mitchell Lees (second row), Lachlan Turner (wing)

Leicester Tigers
Additional players: Riccardo Brugnara (prop), Jean De Villiers (centre), Michael Van Vuuren (hooker)

Northampton Saints
Additional players: Campese Ma'afu (prop), James Wilson (full-back), Sion Bennett (back row)

RC Toulon
Additional players: Iuri Natriashvili (hooker), Leigh Halfpenny (full-back), Theo Belan (centre)

Racing 92
Additional players: Khatchik Vatanov (prop), Yoan Audrin (wing), Mathieu Voisin (flanker)

Saracens
Additional players: David Porecki (hooker), Akinbiyi Alo (prop), Hayden Thompson-Stringer (flanker)

Stade Francais Paris
Additional players: Aled de Malmanche (hooker), Craig Burden (hooker), Remi Bonfils (hooker)

Wasps
Additional players: Andrea Masi (centre), Siale Piutau (centre)

CHALLENGE CUP

Connacht Rugby
Additional players: JP Cooney (prop), Jake Heenan (flanker), Conor McKeon (outside half)

Gloucester Rugby
Additional players: James Gibbons (prop), Luke Cole (hooker), Ollie Thorley (centre)

Grenoble
Additional players: Aurelien Azar (prop), Paulin Mas (hooker), James Hart (scrum half)

Harlequins
Additional players: Charlie Piper (hooker), Henry Cheeseman (wing), Stanley South (second row)

London Irish
Additional players: Richard Palframan (prop), Ciaran Hearn (centre/wing), Will Lloyd (second row)

Montpellier
Additional players: Yvan Watremez (prop), Pierre Spies (No 8), Francois Steyn (centre)

Newport Gwent Dragons
Additional players: Leon Brown (prop), Owen Davies (scrum half), Harrison Keddie (back row)

Sale Sharks
Additional players: Sam Tuitupou (centre), Connor Dever (scrum half)

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