The LNR are seriously considering not involving French teams next season in the H-cup. As you know there's still no agreement with the ERC on the H-cup format for next 4 or 5 years. The RFU and the English Rugby Premiership clubs are disagreeing on who should represent England in the ERC. French Rugby, i.e. LNR & FFR, have difficulties with the next season calendar due to the Rugby World cup. The Top14 28 dates + the Test Rugby fill almost completely the available dates. The LNR is therefore likely to announce no participation from the French clubs arguing that there's no security that the best English clubs will participate. In parallel of that the LNR should make a proposal for a new organisation of the calendar for the H-cup. They should propose a 5-6 weeks competition prior to the domestic season which correspond to the RWC window. This means that every 4 years when the RWC is played there won't be H-cup. From what I read this proposal should be ok for the English clubs but is likely to be acceptable for the Celtic and Italian teams. I fear that this ends up in a Franco-English competition if there's no consensus found in Europe in the right format of the continental champioship.