Rugby Union: Epruc threat to England
Tuesday 14 January 1997
A meeting of both teams of negotiators is to be set up within the next 48 hours at which the Rugby Football Union will be asked to explain why a perfectly valid set of clauses in what has come to be known as the Leicester Agreement underwent changes before going for signing by the 24 member clubs of Epruc. Failure to satisfy the clubs in the matter could result in players being withheld from the national squads.
One Epruc official, Charles Levison of Wasps, described the non-release of players by the clubs as "a very real threat". According to Northampton's millionaire backer, Keith Barwell, the redrafted agreement makes no mention of a non-voting player's representative on the board of the proposed new governing body of the club game, Newco, and that a clause allowing members of the board to stand for one year only was introduced.
But according to one member of the RFU's team, any differences between the Leicester Agreement and the version that has been sent out to clubs for signing by 20 January, have to be put down to errors on the part of the legal team drawing up the agreement.
The signs are that peace will break out again; but there were worried frowns all round until late yesterday, when placatory noises issued from both sides. "There is no question of not having a players' representative on the board of Newco," said an RFU source. And evidence that Epruc are equally eager to overcome this latest little niggle came when the Leicester president, Peter Wheeler, a director of Epruc, said: "I've spoken to most of the RFU negotiating team and their lawyers and I am fairly happy that they wish that documentation to reflect the agreement."
Presents unwrapped, turkey gobbled... it's time to relax
Latest in Sport
Phillip Hughes: #putoutyourbats tribute sees Twitter users pay their respects to Hughes including Graeme Swann and David Warner
Phil Hughes dead: List of players who have tragically died on the cricket pitch
Nani transfer: No future for winger at Sporting Lisbon as club cannot afford his wages when loan deal with Manchester United runs out
This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
Phillip Hughes death: UK company Masuri say Australian opener was wearing 'outdated helmet'
- 1 Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
- 2 Shia LaBeouf claims he was raped during #IAMSORRY art installation performance
- 3 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
- 5 Michael Buerk wishes he killed Jimmy Savile when he had the chance - by pushing him overboard a cruise ship
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
David Cameron sets out immigration reforms: We should distrust Ukip and their 'snake-oil of simple solutions'
£40k - 45k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...
£30k - 35k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: We’re currently re...
£35k - 45k per year + benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...
£60k - 80k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...