Rugbaí Beo returns to screens on TG4 this coming weekend with three live matches from the Guinness PRO14 featuring Leinster, Munster and Connacht along with highlights from Ulster.

Rugby has been a core element of the station’s extensive sports coverage going back to the inaugural 2001 Celtic League, 

The Irish Language broadcaster’s live coverage begins this Friday 2nd October with recently-crowned 4-times champions Leinster as they welcome Dragons to the RDS followed by highlights of beaten finalist Ulster’s contest with Benetton from the Kingspan Stadium.

This will be followed by a bumper afternoon of live rugby on TG4 on Saturday 3rd October as Scarlets host Munster in Parc y Scarlets followed by live coverage from The Sportsground where Connacht host Glasgow.

Monday Night Rugby

TG4 will also be to the fore in the arrival of prime time Monday Night Rugby as coverage of Munster’s October Bank Holiday clash with Cardiff will be available free to air, kicking off at 8.15 pm.

TG4 will broadcast a total of 29 live games free to air this season, as well as extensive highlights from each round and deferred coverage of a further 6 interprovincial games.

Audiences can expect to see more of TG4’s widely lauded innovations such as behind the scenes ref-briefings, warm-up interviews with head-coaches and audio-snoops on coaches and players.

Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill will take time out from her medical studies to front the coverage and will be joined by Eimear Considine, Deirbhile Nic a Bháird, Marcus Horan, Stephen Ferris, Mike Sherry, Ronan Loughney, Eoghan Ó Neachtain, Eamonn Molloy and a host of others for expert analysis.

Coverage

TG4’s coverage will include live coverage of all Connacht home games and of all Munster and Leinster and Connacht games against Welsh opposition.  It is produced by Iris Productions.  The remaining matches in the Guinness PRO14 are available on eir Sport.

“Now, more than ever, the collective experience of free-to-air sport is vitally important,” said TG4 Head of Sport Rónán Ó Coisdealbha.

“We are delighted to be able to bring Irish audiences the most comprehensive terrestrially available rugby coverage featuring 28 live games with further extensive highlights and delayed transmission games. “

With restricted access to venues, TG4 will continue to bring audiences closer to the action through our constant efforts to innovate in our sports coverage.”