Sports broadcaster Joe Molloy was confirmed on Friday as anchor of TV3’s coverage of the Nat west Six Nations and by default the new face of Rugby on Irish television screens.
TV3 take over coverage of the tournament in February having beaten RTÉ in a competitive process to televise the tournament here over the next four years.
Molloy will continue his role with Newstalk’s Off The Ball Programme and there was a further link to the radio station with the confirmation that Dave McIntyre will be the lead commentator for the matches, alongside Alan Quinlan.
“I feel very privileged and honoured to be part of TV3’s NatWest Six Nations programming,” said Molloy.
“I’m excited to be part of this great adventure with TV3 and very much look forward to working with such a great team of expert panellists.”
Munster and Ireland legend Ronan O’Gara and Grand-slam and Triple Crown winner Shane Horgan will transfer over from their roles behind the analyst desk from RTÉ though O’Gara admitted he was still working out the logistics of how he was going to manage his dual responsibilities as a coach with Crusaders Rugby Club in New Zealand.
Former Leinster captain and Heineken Cup winner Shane Jennings and former Scotland Head Coach and Australian Rugby broadcaster, Matt Williams have both worked on TV3’s coverage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and will be part of the new team as well while Sinead Kissane will continue her role as the station’s
Rugby Correspondent and as the touchline reporter.
“We are very excited and honoured to become the exclusive Irish broadcaster of the NatWest Six Nations,” said TV3 Group Managing Director, Pat Kiely.
“A tournament of this stature really deserves the calibre of production, presentation and punditry talent we are announcing today.”
“As part of the Virgin Media Group, TV3 has raised the bar over the last year and the addition of one of the highest rating events on Irish TV will help us build on this momentum and accelerate our growth into 2018.”
Niall Cogley will renew his long-standing relationship with the tournament having been producer and director of the tournament on RTÉ in his role now at TV3 as Group Director of Broadcasting while much of the work on the ground to get ready for the first broadcast in less than two months time will fall to Head of Sport Kieran Holden.
TV3’s coverage of the NatWest Six Nations begins on Saturday 3rd February 2018. All 15 matches of the tournament are live and exclusive on TV3 and 3player.
Discussions around broadcast sponsorship are still ongoing. Ulster Bank has previously sponsored RTÉ’s coverage as part of the bank’s overall sponsorship of the tournament.
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