Rugby Europe, the governing body for rugby union in Europe, is joining forces with World Rugby to launch a new annual club competition reserved for emerging European nations. The inaugural Rugby Europe Super Cup will start in September this year. The final is scheduled to take place in May 2022. The competition will comprise teams made up of a mix of professional clubs and franchise teams, taking part in two conferences. For the first edition, the Eastern Conference will feature The Black Lion from Georgia, The Tel-Aviv Heat from Israel, and Russia’s Enisey-STM and Lokomotiv Penza. The Western Conference will feature The Brussels Devils from Belgium, The Delta from the Netherlands, The Lusitanos from Portugal, and The Castilla Y Leon Iberians from Spain. The Rugby Europe Super Cup is meant to create a high-performance pathway for the development of pan-European rugby talent, Rugby Europe said. The continental governing body plans to extend the Super Cup to new teams and new countries in future years.