Champions Cup revamp plans include fewer teams and two-leg semi-finals

• Plans under consideration involve 18 teams in six pools of three• Sides from Premiership, Pro 14 and Top 14 would be kept apartChanges to the structure of the Champions Cup are being considered with some stakeholders keen to reduce the competition to 18 teams. Organisers are pushing for a final decision within weeks as they look to guarantee the future of the tournament beyond 2022 when existing commercial and broadcasting contracts expire.Europe’s flagship club tournament involves 20 teams in five pools of four but it is understood discussions are continuing about the possibility of switching to six pools of three, featuring the top six sides from the Premiership, Pro 14 and Top 14. Continue reading…