Sky Sports Lose Rights To Ireland’s International Fixtures
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Channel 4, who broadcast free-to-air in the UK and Ireland, today announced that it will broadcast Ireland’s Guinness Series of autumn internationals for the next four years.
The 2018 Six Nations Grand Slam champions face Argentina, the USA and current World champions New Zealand this November and all three matches will be shown live on Channel 4. This follows on from last December’s announcement of the extension of RTE’s Irish free-to-air rights of Ireland’s November games until 2021.
This is Channel 4’s latest rugby acquisition. Next month sees the station begins a four-year deal to show live coverage of every round of Europe’s top club competition, the Heineken Champions Cup.
Padraig Power, IRFU Commercial & Marketing Director, commented:
“The IRFU are delighted to welcome Channel 4 who have a fantastic track-record of sports broadcasting. They join us at an exciting time and we have no doubt that our partnership with them will cover some outstanding rugby moments.”
The four-year deal with Channel 4 includes coverage of two of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup warm-up matches in 2019 against Italy and Wales, 2020 autumn internationals against Australia, South Africa and another team to be announced, and Ireland’s autumn internationals in 2021 against the All Blacks, Argentina and another country yet to be confirmed.