The new Guinness PRO14 Rugby season is only 36 hours away and TG4 yesterday revealed details of their coverage over the next nine months as well as details of its presentation team.
Building on the extensive coverage of previous seasons, TG4 will broadcast 28 live games free to air, as well as deferred coverage of a further 9 inter-provincial games.
It will also broadcast weekend highlights all the way through to the Guinness PRO14 Final, live from Celtic Park in Glasgow on Saturday 25th May.
The Irish coverage will be shared this season for the first time with eir Sport where every game will be broadcast live, or in the case of the TG4 matches during the early stages in full deferred mode.
Iris Productions will provide coverage of the Guinness PRO14 Rugby Season on TG4 for the first time this year. Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill returns as the anchor for the programmes and she will be joined by an expert panel of analysts including Rónán Loughney, Marcus Horan, Eoghan Ó Neachtain, Éamonn Molloy and Eimear Considine.
Coverage of the Guinness PRO14 Rugby 2018/19 season kicks off this weekend with two live matches on TG4. Leinster take on the Cardiff Blues, in Cardiff Arms Park on Friday 31 August, with a 19:35 kick off. The following day, Saturday 1 September, Connacht play host to the Glasgow Warriors at 15:00.
A feature of the station’s coverage will be that all 11 of Connacht Rugby’s home games will be televised live.
“TG4 are very proud of our association with this tournament which began in 2001,” said TG4’s Head of Sport, Rónán Ó Coisdealbha.
“We look forward to bringing comprehensive coverage of the Guinness PRO14 to viewers and rugby fans all over Ireland on free to air television in the coming months with 28 live matches as well as highlights and deferred coverage each week.”
“We are very pleased to have agreed a television rights deal with the PRO14 for the next three seasons and we look forward to seeing some great rugby matches over the coming months.”
“As a partner of the tournament, TG4 have been with us for so much of the journey from the Celtic League to the cross-hemisphere Guinness PRO14 we know today,” added Dermot Rigley, Commercial and Marketing Director for PRO14 Rugby.
“Having Free-To-Air offering for our supporters is a key part of our broadcast strategy and to have, like S4C in Wales, a native language broadcaster doing so in Ireland further illustrates the diversity of our Championship.”
“We know TG4 have lots of new ideas and faces to bring to their coverage with Iris productions and we can’t wait to see it all come to life.”