European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) have today unveiled the hosts for the 2025 and 2026 Investec Champions and EPCR Challenge Cups.
Following a rigorous selection process, the EPCR announced that Cardiff and Bilbao have been selected as host cities for the tournament organiser’s prestigious 2025 and 2026 Finals Weekends.
A statement released by EPCR Chairman Dominic McKay said: “We are delighted today to confirm Cardiff and Bilbao as the host cities of the 2025 and 2026 EPCR Finals Weekend.
“In returning to Cardiff 30 years on from the iconic first Final means a great deal to us and our friends here in the city, and we will celebrate the milestone appropriately. We know this rugby heartland will not only be proud to host this historic weekend, but will welcome rugby fans from across the world to join us in Cardiff for our EPCR Finals Weekend in 2025.
“For 2026, we cannot wait to return to Bilbao, which hosted a superb celebration of rugby in a world-class destination in 2018. Our selection of host cities such as this reflects our intention to continually deliver outstanding experiences for fans, clubs and stakeholders for our marquee weekend. We know Bilbao will attract spectators from a varied demographic, bringing our sport to even more fans in a stunning host city.
“We would like to thank the many bidding cities for their great enthusiasm in hosting our Finals Weekend. We were delighted to receive so many bids and expressions of interest from across the world. The final decisions were certainly challenging given the high standard of all bidders, and we are looking forward to working with Cardiff, Bilbao and all the stakeholders to deliver two more superb Finals Weekends.”