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Portuguese Champions call for European Cup

Portugual’s Sporting Clube de Portugal, has called for a more cross-border competition for club teams

Sporting Clube de Portugal won the their national championship for the second consecutive year last weekend, and immediately began looking beyond their border for stiffer competition.

Ahead of them is the Iberia Cup – still women’s rugby’s the only official international club competition.

Coach João Tiago said "With the Championship, we won everything there was to win domestically".

“This victory allows us to play in the Iberian Cup again, in December in Lisbon in front of our supporters, against the champions of Spain.

“It is a competition we fought hard to create and now we want to convince the other European clubs who have won their national championships to hold a club competition. We will try to convince Montpellier and perhaps one or two other clubs to come forward this season with a competition.”

Last year Sporting played against former French Champions in USAP in Perpignan and travelled to Paris to play Stade Français before taking on Olimpico Pozuelo in the final of the first Iberian Cup. The club’s squad includes several Portuguese international players, two New Zealanders (Leilani Perese and Utu Atonio) and a Brazilian player (Thamara Rangel).

The call comes in the same week that Portugal were announced as surprise bidders in the race to host the 2021 World Cup.