Jacqui Hurley is to be one of three presenters of RTÉ’s coverage of all 64 games from the FIFA World Cup which gets underway in Russia next week. She will share the presenter’s chair with Darragh Maloney and Peter Collins.
They will be joined by regular panelists Eamon Dunphy, Liam Brady, Damien Duff, Richie Sadlier and Didi Hamann and also by World Cup and Olympic winner Hope Solo, Richard Dunne, Keith Andrews, Shay Given and Northern Ireland Manager Michael O’Neill.
56 of the games will be broadcast live with the other matches at the end of the group stage which are played simultaneously shown on the RTÉ Player and News Now Channels.
Over 180 hours of television coverage will be broadcast on RTÉ2 while there will be live bulletins throughout the day on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ 2fm.
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RTÉ Sport’s commentary team of George Hamilton, Ger Canning, Adrian Eames, John Kenny, Hugh Cahill and Stephen Alkin will be joined by co-commentators Ronnie Whelan, Ray Houghton, Jim Beglin and Brian Kerr to cover all the matches.
Après Match will return in regular slots and will also repeat their hosting of the third-place play-off.
The dedicated RTÉ World Cup 2018 website and the News Now app will include live blogs of every game, up-to-date match reports, reaction, fixtures, results and statistics, while goals and match highlights will also be shared on the RTÉ Sport Facebook and RTÉ Soccer Twitter accounts.
There will be a variety of themed material throughout the competition as well with the National Treasures team taking a closer look at Ireland’s obsession with football memorabilia and fan culture.
“RTÉ is delighted to bring Irish audiences all of the action from Russia with every single match of the tournament across RTÉ 2, RTÉ Player and RTÉ News Now,” said Group Head of RTÉ Sport, Declan McBennett who starts his sports tenure with a bang having formally taken over from Ryle Nugent in the last two weeks.
“I’m delighted to also welcome our new signings Hope Solo, Shay Given and Keith Andrews to what I believe is the best team of analysts and commentators in the business.”
“RTÉ will be operating on all fronts to make sure the audience won’t miss a kick of the game and have all of the latest news and developments from Russia across RTÉ Radio 1 and our dedicated Word Cup site.”