European Rugby Cup (ERC)

European Professional Club Rugby, the new operating body for the continent’s premier rugby union club competitions, could wait until the beginning of next season to fill its remaining four commercial partner slots after unveiling beer brand Heineken yesterday (Monday).

European Professional Club Rugby has appointed sports equipment manufacturer Gilbert as the official match ball supplier for its inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments under a three-year deal.

UK pay-television broadcaster BT Sport is making moves to expand its sponsorship reach in rugby union, according to the Telegraph newspaper.