The european rugby may be at the dawn of a little revolution. Indeed, to starting next season, four South African franchises will have to compete in the Celtic League, which also brings together teams from Scotland, Ireland and Wales, known as the former Pro 14 that would increase to 16 teams and will be divided into two groups of eight.
This change and the inclusion of the four African teams, which would be Lions, Bulls, Sharks and Stormers, could be the way to open the doors to the Champions Cup 2021. Thus, the teams South Africans could also face the best clubs in France and England in the traditional tournament. On French soil this opportunity is seen with good eyes and from the other side of the English Channel they agree that it would give great value to the tournament.
For now no one wants to make statements and everything is handled in absolute silence, since the one who must issue their opinion and authorization is EPC Rugby, organizer of the Champions and Challenge Cup. The idea is to extend an invitation to the South African clubs or authorize them to play the European tournament. However, this project would clash with World Rugby’s idea of organizing a Club World Cup, a dream that Bernard Laporte, vice president of the mother union of rugby, exposed a few months ago.