Virgin Media released its Spring programme yesterday with sport to the fore including a new show with a dual focus on entertainment and rugby.
‘The Late Tackle’ will be hosted by Muireann O’Connell and Love Island winner and Ireland Rugby Sevens international Greg O’Shea as an additional programme complementing the Virgin media One live coverage of the Guinness Six Nations.
It will go out on Thursday nights before each round of games and promises to be a blend of the game but also the social side of the sport with a mix of guests and some surprises along the way.
Muireann O’Connell admits to not knowing every rule but grew up with Garryowen Rugby Club in Limerick as her playground and is a self-professed fan.
The Guinness Six Nations itself is now ready to enter its third year on Virgin, making this the start of the second half of the current four-year broadcast deal.
Virgin will show every game in the tournament live, kicking off with Wales at home to Italy and Ireland at home to Scotland on Saturday, February 1st.
Joe Molloy will present the coverage with expert opinion from Ronan O’Gara, Shane Horgan, Matt Williams and Alan Quinlan.
Virgin will also have live free to air coverage of key games in the Heineken Champions’ Cup all the way up to the Final.
Graeme Souness, Niall Quinn, Kevin Kilbane, Keith Andrews and Brian Kerr head up the panel of experts alongside presenter Tommy Martin for continuing live coverage of the UEFA Champions’ League and the UEFA Europa League. All games in both competitions are live on Virgin Media Sport.
Virgin Media One will broadcast the best days of UK horse racing too, including all four days of the eagerly anticipated Cheltenham Festival in March, the Aintree Grand National in April and the best in flat racing including the Epsom Derby Festival and Royal Ascot.
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