Landmark Broadcast Deal Agreed For The PRO14 In Ireland

Brilliant news.

eir sport and the Guinness PRO14 have agreed a landmark partnership to broadcast every game for the next three years from the 2018/19 season. 

The partnership means that for the first time in the Republic of Ireland, rugby supporters can watch all 152 games a season in the PRO14. This will include every Munster and Leinster game live, with the derby games between the two provinces to be broadcast exclusively live in the Republic of Ireland on the eir sport channels.

Fans can look forward to seeing over 30 hours of Guinness PRO14 related programming every week including up to six live games with pre and post-match analysis. A weekly highlights show to review and preview each round of games will also form part of the eir sport schedule.

The eir sport pack will be the only place to watch all of the European Champions Cup from next season, the U-20 World Championships, the Leinster Senior School Cups and will be the home of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Ireland internationals, such as last summer’s tour of Japan and the historic win against the All Blacks in Chicago, could also only be watched on eir sport.

The Guinness PRO14 coverage on eir sport will be broadcast from a state-of-the-art studio which has recently been redeveloped. eir sport will use new faces and new technology to engage with Irish rugby supporters in fresh and innovative ways.

eir sport has entered into a sub-licencing agreement with TG4, allowing the Irish language broadcaster access to a select number of games.

Martin Anayi, CEO, PRO14 Rugby, said: 

“The arrival of eir sport alongside Premier Sports in the UK will be a game-changer for the Guinness PRO14. It is another bold step in raising our Championship to new levels and unlocking its vast potential.

“eir sport will take the broadcast experience of the Guinness PRO14 to levels that our fans have never seen before. We share their commitment to innovation and we know eir sport will look at our games in a brand-new light with sharp analysis backed up by savvy insights from the characters who know what it’s like to compete in our Championship.

“The bidding for broadcast rights in the Irish market showed us just how much interest there is in the Guinness PRO14 since our expansion into South Africa. eir sport’s bid was impossible to turn down due to the unprecedented support they will provide across every area of the Guinness PRO14 – on and off the pitch.

“They will champion the tournament at every turn and help spread the gospel of the Guinness PRO14 which continues to go from strength to strength with each passing season. We’re thrilled to welcome eir sport into the fold because we know they will be a partner in the truest sense of the word.”