RTÉ and TG4 will broadcast live at least 52 matches involving Irish provinces in the new United Rugby Championship this season.
As the new URC officially launched today, national broadcasters announced a joint deal that will deliver over 150 hours of unencrypted rugby.
Coverage begins with Connacht live on TG4 on Friday September 24, followed by an action packed Saturday (September 25) with Leinster live on TG4 and Munster live on RTÉ.
RTÉ will broadcast live television, radio and online coverage of 26 matches featuring Irish league provinces, as well as additional knockout matches. There will also be highlights and analysis each week on Against the Head on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.
TG4’s Rugbaí Beo will broadcast 26 matches involving Irish provincial clubs and 16 additional matches featuring international clubs.
The final of the RCU will also be broadcast unencrypted with RTÉ and TG4 which will broadcast it live every other year.
Declan McBennett, Group Head of Sport, RTÉ said: “Throughout the year RTÉ Sport has seen the best Irish athletes compete nationally and internationally against top class opponents at an elite level. Being able to provide free-to-air coverage of the provinces to our audience in the newly replenished RCU adds an extra dimension to this and allows us to ensure that our best rugby players are seen and perceived to inspire future generations who want to wear. one day their provincial and national jersey.
Rónán O Coisdealbha, Head of Sports at TG4 added: “TG4 has offered interprovincial rugby to the Irish public since the early days of the Celtic League in 2001, and we are looking forward to taking that next step with the RCU and seeing the South Africa. The “super” teams are now part of our Rugbaí Beo team. This partnership with RTÉ galvanizes TG4’s commitment to bringing the best of sports action to our audiences and to making this coverage free and accessible to all fans.
RTÉ & TG4 Live TV Matches
Cardiff v Connacht, player TG4 and TG4
Leinster vs. Vodacom Bulls, player TG4 and TG4; Munster vs. Cell C Sharks, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player
Connacht player vs. Vodacom Bulls TG4 and TG4
Dragons vs. Leinster, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player; Munster vs. DHL Stormers, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player
Ulster vs. Benetton, TG4 and TG4 player
Leinster vs. Zebre, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player; Connacht vs. Dragons, player TG4 and TG4
Scarlets vs. Munster, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player
Ulster vs. Emirates Lions, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player
Benetton against Ospreys, player TG4 and TG4; Leinster versus Scarlets, player TG4 and TG4; Munster vs. Connacht, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player
Scarlets against Benetton, player TG4 and TG4; Glasgow v Leinster, player TG4 and TG4
Ospreys vs. Munster, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player; Connacht vs Ulster, player TG4 and TG4
Connacht vs. Ospreys, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player
Cell C Sharks vs. Scarlets, TG4 & TG4 Player; Vodacom Bulls against Munster, player TG4 and TG4; Leinster player vs. Ulster RTÉ2 & RTÉ
Leinster vs. Connacht, player TG4 and TG4
Emirates Lions vs. Munster, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player; DHL Stormers vs. Cardiff, TG4 & TG4 Player
Ulster against Connacht, player TG4 and TG4; Munster vs. Leinster, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player
Connacht against Munster, player TG4 and TG4; Ulster vs. Leinster, player TG4 and TG4
Leinster vs. Emirates Lions, player TG4 and TG4
Connacht vs. DHL Stormers, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player; Munster vs. Ulster, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player