LONDON (AP) England's best players will go into their home Rugby World Cup in 2015 without a season of high-level European club action.
The Premiership clubs confirmed they will boycott the Heineken Cup next season, not wanting to have anything to do with cup organizers European Rugby Cup, which is guided by national unions. They also boycotted the 1998-99 event.
Premiership Rugby gave notice to the ERC 18 months ago that it was pulling out of the Heineken Cup after this season because it didn't like the financial, qualification and competition structure. The English and French Top 14 backed plans for clubs to own more control in a new competition next season called the Rugby Champions Cup, until the French clubs backpedalled last week under pressure from the French Rugby Federation.