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Saracens chairman Nigel Wray says moves to set up a rival tournament to the Heineken Cup were 'inevitable'
11:42am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport
Saracens chairman Nigel Wray believes plans to set up a new Anglo-French tournament in place of the current Heineken Cup were "inevitable."
Leading clubs in England and France have called for changes to the European competition including the number of teams involved and how the funds are distributed.
The existing agreement to play in the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup expires next summer and after a perceived lack of progress with the ERC, clubs have revealed plans for an alternative competition.
"It was inevitable, it has to happen," Wray told ESPN. "It is a Union competition, set up by the Unions, fair enough. But it is the clubs taking part in it and it's hugely important to the clubs. We want it to be a club-controlled competition.
"In addition, under the current structure, the two nations - France and England - who provide the vast majority of the revenue are permanently out-voted by the four other nations. In that system, you have to leave if you want to change something.
"And that is what hopefully we are doing. We are setting up our own competition which one hopes the other nations will join. We hope it will have better revenue and will be better run than it is at the moment.
"To me, the one person always neglected in these discussions is the customer. What do they want?
"They don't want more and more games, they want big games. And that applies to everything in life - the big concerts, the big songs, the big sports games. They don't want to see meaningless games. If that is what the customer wants, then that is what you've got to give them.
"Do we want the rest of the nations in it? Of course we do. It has got to be a competition that more accurately reflects the revenue generated by the various nations."
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