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As all four Welsh regions set out on their much-anticipated inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup (Ospreys and Scarlets) and European Rugby Challenge Cup campaigns (Cardiff Blues and Dragons), tournament organisers, EPCR, have today unveiled the prestigious new silverware which players will be dreaming of lifting in May 2015 and beyond.

In the same vein as the new-look tournaments, the design concept for the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup trophies seeks to combine the rich history and heritage of two decades of European competition with EPCR’s vision for professional club rugby in both established and emerging markets.

The unique and attractive designs are set to become iconic emblems ofthe European club game coveted by players the world over.

Both trophies will be on display at selected matches in the opening rounds of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments which get underway in Wales on Saturday 18 October with Cardiff Blues v Grenoble at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park. Kick off is at 2.30pm.

The European Rugby Champions Cup Trophy

The European Rugby Champions Cup ‘Star Cup’ concept places the gold star – symbol of Europe and European representation – at the very heart of the design.

The trophy features a unique five handle concept which unfolds from the gold inset chalice and provides an overview of the gold star of Europe. The star serves to connect the first 19 years of European club rugby to the new EPCR era.

Among the engraved detail are 20 stars representing the 20 elite clubs participating in the European Rugby Champions Cup. Nineteen stars running along the back handle simultaneously recognises the 19 European Cup winners from Toulouse in 1996 through to RC Toulon in 2014, while the 20th star sitting at the base of the chalice will honour the 20th champion club who will be crowned in London in May 2015 as well as all future winners.

The European Rugby Challenge Cup Trophy

The European Rugby Challenge Cup’s hero design sees a rugby ball held aloft by sterling silver rods, which are topped by silver stars of Europe with the aim of reflecting EPCR’s vision and ambition for the tournament.

Core to the development of the European Rugby Challenge Cup is the objective of broadening the horizons of European professional club rugby, as well as providing a pathway for the aspirations of the emerging clubs who can now compete alongside some of Europe’s more established clubs from the three most powerful leagues.

Watch a video about the making of the new EPCR trophies courtesy of the EPCR Champions Cup YouTube channel.