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Friday, March 16, 2012

A women's Heineken Cup?

While looking for something else, I happened across the fact that a couple of senior women's rugby officials in France have responsibility for a  "Coupe d'Europe Clubs".

A European Club Cup? For women's rugby teams? Like the men's Heineken Cup? Apparently so - and digging around a bit more I also found that it has already happened - twice - in 2007/8 and 2008/9. In both cases the winners were French because, although it was organised by FIRA - the European rugby federation - only teams from France and Spain took part... and the results were a shade one-sided.

What a shame! Obviously anything on the size and scale of the Heineken would be financially and practically impossible for a amateur sport, but something like the FIRA European Championship for national teams, played at one location would surely be possible? Play it in the south of France over, say, the May Day week and you'd get good crowds to. Anything that brought together the champion clubs from England and France, plus some other nations, would be fascinating. Wasps women v Perpignan? Lons v Saracens?

And it not that unrealistic. Women's hockey - also an amateur sport, and no more high profile nor wealthy than rugby - has a European Cup every year for clubs. So does women's football (also largely amateur). So why not rugby? Anyone ever thought of asking Heineken?

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