PAUL GOZE, THE president of the France’s domestic rugby union leagues,today told AFP that he had no concerns about the future of European competitions, despite talks on a new format having stalled.
“In the negotiations for the European Cups, there are always difficult moments and barriers,” the National Rugby League (LNR) boss said in an interview.
“However everybody in European rugby, the Scottish, Irish, Welsh, English, Italians and us (French) need the European Cups. We cannot foresee that these barriers will continue.
“The negotiations will be difficult as always but I am not worried about the long-term outcome. All parties will be able to agree before the deadline to ensure that after 2014 the competition will continue to be one of rugby’s forces.”
The latest meeting between the stakeholders in European rugby ended in impasse as neither camp were able to concede ground in the long-running row.