The Stade Vélodrome regularly hosts rugby matches, such as the France-Italy match on March 23, 2018 (archives). - C. Simon / AFP

Marseillais rugby fans will have to wait another year. The finals of the European Cup and the European Challenge, scheduled for Marseille in October, will be played "in one or two new stadiums," announced Thursday the organizer of European rugby tournaments.

"Due to the many uncertainties related to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was decided that the 2020 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals could no longer take place in Marseille as planned," said the EPCR in a communicated.

"The EPCR is currently working with its leagues and shareholder federations to find one or two replacement stadium (s) for the two finals that will be played during the weekend of October 16-17-18," added the body.

May 21-22, 2021

Originally scheduled for late May, the finals of the two European competitions had been rescheduled due to the pandemic. Marseille will host the finals of the 2021 season on May 21 and 22, however. The 2022 edition will end at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.


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