Now, Premiership Rugby Limited (PRL), the umbrella organisation of England's top clubs, and the Ligue Nationale de Rugby
(LNR), the body representing the French Top 14 clubs, have come out fighting and have heaped far more pressure on World Rugby.
In a statement, EPCR said: "Following the completion of discussions between EPCR, the Ligue Nationale de Rugby
, Premiership Rugby and PRO12 Rugby to reschedule the six European club matches which were postponed due to the Paris attacks, it has been agreed by all parties that the games will be played on the weekend of 8/9/10 January 2016 in advance of round five of the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.
A lucrative new television deal signed between France's Ligue Nationale de Rugby
and Canal+, looks set to enhance French clubs' spending power.
PRL thought their clubs and their French counterparts were going to be at the vanguard of a replacement competition, the Rugby Champions Cup, only for the Ligue Nationale de Rugby
to turn on its heel and reengage with what they call the H Cup.
Under pressure from its union, Ligue Nationale de Rugby
- representing the Top 14 - last week committed to the ERC-run format announced by the unions for the 2014-15 season.
England's Premiership Rugby, along with their French counterparts Ligue Nationale de Rugby
, say they won't resume negotiations with Heineken Cup operators European Rugby Cup over a new tournament agreement after the current deal expires next summer.
But Glasgow and Edinburgh were reluctant to speak of the proposal yesterday as Premiership Rugby and Ligue Nationale de Rugby
(LNR) said the tournament would be in place for the 2014/15 season.
Chabal could face sanctions from the Ligue Nationale de Rugby
over comments made in an interview promoting his autobiography that referees in the French Top 14 were biased in favour of Castres and Biarritz, the forward having already served a two-week suspension from his club Racing Metro for the remarks.
Le reglement medical de la Ligue nationale de rugby
impose aux joueurs une periode de 72 heures entre deux rencontres des lors qu'ils ont joue au moins vingt minutes de la premiere rencontre en question.
Serge Blanco, the chairman of the Ligue Nationale de Rugby
, dismissed suggestions Wales has been specifically targeted by outfits from across the Channel.
The Ligue Nationale de Rugby
(LNR) has agreed a new [euro]388million four-year contract with Canal+ for the rights to screen the top two flights of the French domestic league exclusively live from the 2019-20 season.
The Aviva Premiership clubs had hoped to form a rival European competition, initially gaining the backing of their French equivalent body, Ligue Nationale de Rugby