ERC chairman Jean-Pierre Lux is very pleased to confirm that the leading English and French clubs will participate in next season's Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup tournaments alongside the teams from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.
Jean-Pierre Lux said: "I would like to thank all of ERC's stakeholders who have been involved in the discussions and I am delighted to be able to confirm the future of both tournaments on the day of the 12th Heineken Cup final.
"ERC's stakeholders will meet shortly to finalise the agreement that will secure the long term future of both tournaments."
Cardiff Blues were crowned the Welsh champions of the Premiership Rugby 7s Series on Saturday night to book a place at the Series Final on Friday, August 8 - and you can join them with tickets on sale NOW!
Wales will tonight (Saturday) stage the first leg of the Premiership Rugby 7s Series this Saturday evening at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - and tickets remain on throughout the day and right up until kick-off so you can join us for an summer night of top class rugby!
In its sixth year the Blues Cup once again showed to be huge hit throughout the region and is a great advert for the community game as each of the six finalists across the three age groups produced rugby of an outstanding level resulting in 14 tries.
Inspired Cardiff Blues enjoyed Judgement Day at the Millennium Stadium as they secured a tense 17-13 win over regional rivals Scarlets in a feisty and enthralling encounter in the RaboDirect PRO12 on Easter Sunday.