ERC - Driving European Club Rugby Competition

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About ERC

About ERC

ERC is the organiser of two European club rugby tournaments - the Heineken Cup and the Amlin Challenge Cup. The organisation was established in 1995 and is headquartered in Dublin.

The inaugural Heineken Cup competition was held in 1995/96 with the second tier competition established the following season.

Under the stewardship of ERC, the Heineken Cup has grown and evolved at a dynamic pace and is widely regarded as the most competitive club rugby tournament in the world.

ERC's second tournament, the Amlin Challenge Cup, showcases emerging and established clubs from up to eight countries and has grown in stature and prestige. This coveted European title which has been in won in recent seasons by top clubs such as Harlequins and Leinster Rugby.

The ERC finals weekend, which since 2011 has showcased both the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals in the same city, has become one of the most popular annual events in all of European sport.

ERC Governance

The Board of ERC, which oversees the implementation of the company's strategy for the development of European club rugby, is made up of representatives of the six shareholder unions and club representative bodies.

A number of key ERC committees report and make recommendations to the Board. The committees draw on the experience and expertise of the unions and clubs from the participating nations.

The ERC executive consisting of 18 staff is based in Dublin and is charged with implementing a strategy for the development of European club rugby and with organising the two tournaments culminating in the showpiece ERC finals weekend.

ERC Committee Structure

ERC Commercial Committee
ERC Rugby Committee
ERC Match Officials Committee
ERC Disciplinary Committee
ERC Finance and Audit Committee

ERC Brand Mission

To realise the potential of European club rugby, by pushing back boundaries, connecting stakeholders and creating matches of unique drama.
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