Premier Sports, the broadcaster of every game in the Guinness PRO14 to audiences across Britain and Northern Ireland, has been busy announcing specific talent teams for each region.
Former Ireland international Andrew Trimble will head up their broadcast team in Northern Ireland ahead of an exciting new season and will be joined by the familiar and well-respected ‘face and voice’ of rugby commentary in the UK and Europe, Mark Robson.
Added to the mix is the highly regarded and experienced home-grown talent – sports TV presenter Graham Little.
Premier Sports has awarded its multi-million pound production contract to experienced independent TV sports producer Sunset+Vine, and the work they do will be seen here in the Republic of Ireland on eir Sport who themselves revealed Tommy Bowe and their team of presenters last week.
Graham Little has been a television reporter and presenter for 16 years, first at UTV and then as a freelance in a range of roles on BBC, RTE, ITV, Channel 4, Setanta Sports and Sky Sports working in both arts, features and adventure travel including features presenter for The One Show. He is best known as a sports presenter and has hosted rugby, football, cycling and motorcycle racing programmes as well as presenting Sky Sports News.
Mark Robson has been an anchor rugby commentator with Sky Sports and Eurosport for the past 15 years and over the past four seasons has worked on Guinness PRO14, European Champions Cup, Ireland’s November internationals and summer tours as well as working on French Top 14.
Retiring from the game in May 2018 after a distinguished rugby career, Northern Ireland’s most capped provincial player, Andrew Trimble has been at the heart of Ulster Rugby since he first appeared on the scene aged just 19. With an impressive 229 provincial appearances and 70 international caps for Ireland, his rugby career has spanned 13 years and been dedicated to his roots in Ulster.
“I feel privileged to have had such amazing opportunities and experiences as a rugby player,” said Trimble.
“Now moving onto the next stage of my career, it’s great that I can stay closely connected with rugby in Ulster and the Guinness PRO14 although from a different stage and perspective off the pitch.”
“Premier Sports has some really exciting ideas and I’m looking forward to getting involved and working alongside an impressive team of presenters and commentators that are being brought together in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and who are really passionate about the game. I’m excited to be involved and to dip my toe into the water in the world of broadcast – a slightly different challenge, but it’s still the game I love.”
“These are exciting times for the Guinness PRO14 and this is just the first talent announcement by Premier Sports who have been targeting headline talent from the very beginning,” said Martin Anayi, CEO of Pro14 Rugby.
“With star names on the books, including Shane Williams in Wales and more stars in Scotland to be announced Premier Sports commitment to raising the standard of Guinness PRO14 broadcasts to levels never seen before is very obvious.”
“Powered by Sunset+Vine’s award-winning production, the Championship is about to take the next great leap in its evolution. As the Guinness PRO14 continues to strengthen, we can better resource our clubs to produce, attract and retain the very best talent.”
Sport for Business will be at eir this morning for the announcement of eir Sports fixtures for the season ahead.
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