Morgan Parra unsatisfied over South African inclusion

Clermont Auvergne legend Morgan Parra believes that the Champions Cup has misplaced its charisma and historical past through bringing the South African groups into the equation.

The former France scrum-half is an skilled campaigner and featured in 3 top-tier European finals for Clermont in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

In its 26-year historical past, French, English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish and Italian aspects have competed for the trophy, however franchises south of the equator have now been added to that listing.

Benefit of becoming a member of the URC

With South African groups becoming a member of the United Rugby Championship, the EPCR have allowed the Sharks, Stormers, Bulls and Lions to compete in each European competitions.

The former 3 will input the Champions Cup after completing within the top-six of the URC, whilst the Johannesburg-based outfit will likely be within the Challenge Cup.

Bloemfontein’s Cheetahs have additionally been approved into the second-tier match, in spite of now not being within the URC, and Parra, who now performs for Stade Francais after leaving Clermont, believes that it’s fallacious.

“I’m going to be honest. It’s a great experience for the players who are going to face these franchises but for me, it’s no longer called the Champions Cup,” he instructed Midi Olympique.

“Before, it used to be the European Cup – with actual that means and historical past, too.

“I’ve not anything in opposition to the Southern Hemisphere, however it’s not the European Cup.

“Let it’s referred to as one thing else and say that the European Cup not exists.

“And it’s the similar for the Challenge Cup, it not exists.

“For me, the two competitions should not be played with South African teams.”

Leaving Clermont

Parra started his occupation at Bourgoin nevertheless it used to be at Clermont the place he made his identify, spending 13 outstanding years on the membership.

The 33-year-old determined to go away on the finish of ultimate yr, then again, becoming a member of Stade forward of the 2022/23 marketing campaign, and the scrum-half insisted that it used to be the correct time to transport on.

He added: “When you’re younger, you watch on TV the good groups that raise the Brennus Shield and the European Cup.

“Me, I noticed Brive and Toulouse (win in Europe), so I sought after to be amongst them. We got here so shut that yr. This ultimate possibly cast me a bit of extra, and in addition made me develop.

“All this is a part of my tale or even a part of my lifestyles, however I made the selection to find one thing else after having requested myself for a very long time the query of extending at Clermont.

“ASM was entering a new phase of their project with a lot of changes. It was the right time to leave.”

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