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The Bulls, Sharks and Stormers have certified by the United Rugby Championship for subsequent season’s Champions Cup; the Lions will compete within the European Problem Cup with the Cheetahs additionally invited

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The Sharks will compete in next season's Champions Cup

The Sharks will compete in subsequent season’s Champions Cup

South African groups will play within the Champions Cup for the primary time subsequent season.

Event organisers European Skilled Membership Rugby have confirmed three South African qualifiers from the United Rugby Championship will take part.

They’re the Pretoria-based Bulls, the Sharks from Durban and Cape City-based Stormers.

That trio can be joined by fellow URC Champions Cup representatives Leinster, Munster, Ulster, Edinburgh and Ospreys.

A fourth URC South African facet – the Johannesburg-based Lions – will participate within the second-tier European Problem Cup subsequent time period, whereas the Cheetahs from Bloemfontein have additionally been invited.

The widely-expected transfer has been described as “an important step ahead” by EPCR chairman Dominic McKay.

Rugby union’s European Cup started in 1996, with its roll of honour that includes winners from England, France and Eire.

However South African groups will add a brand new dimension, with gamers like World Cup-winning Springboks captain Siya Kolisi amongst these set to be concerned.

La Rochelle stunned favourites Leinster last weekend to win the Champions Cup for the first time

La Rochelle shocked favourites Leinster final weekend to win the Champions Cup for the primary time

Subsequent season’s European competitions kick off in December, with 24 groups set to play 4 pool stage rounds both facet of Christmas.

McKay stated: “We’re delighted to substantiate that the South African golf equipment can be a part of our expanded tournaments from the start of subsequent season.

“The Stormers, Bulls, Sharks and Lions will all deliver massively thrilling southern hemisphere rugby, well-known world-class gamers and broad new audiences into our tournaments.

Three South African teams have qualified for the United Rugby Championship quarter-finals

Three South African groups have certified for the United Rugby Championship quarter-finals

“The steps we’ve got taken with our stakeholder leagues and with SARU [South African Rugby Union] be sure that we will additional develop the tournaments as the top of world membership rugby.

“This can be a essential step ahead in bringing to life our imaginative and prescient of rising the sport and our personal tournaments, persevering with to ship robust returns for our leagues and creating an ever-higher commonplace of mouth-watering matches for our followers.”

Greater than 100,000 spectators watched the Champions Cup and Problem Cup finals in Marseille final weekend, and EPCR stated subsequent season’s match codecs can be introduced shortly.

SARU chief government Jurie Roux added: “We want to thank all stakeholders who’ve been concerned within the negotiation course of – the board and workers of EPCR, the URC, Premiership Rugby and the Ligue Nationale de Rugby.

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“Ever since we have made the choice to align with the northern hemisphere, our intention was to play within the EPCR competitions.

“As we have seen in the course of the inaugural season of the URC, the rugby is of the best commonplace and our prime gamers positively benefited from this transfer.

“We now have a chance to additionally begin rubbing shoulders with the highest golf equipment from England and France in two different competitions which have caught the creativeness of rugby supporters across the globe for greater than twenty years.”

Subsequent season’s European finals weekend is about for the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Might 19 and 20.

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