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Munster’s opening PRO14 game to be televised live on Premier Sports

MUNSTER’S opening Guinness PRO14 fixture is to be televised live on Premier Sports. Today Premier Sports confirmed their opening broadcast games for the 2018 Guinness PRO14 season. In April of this year Premier Sports signed a landmark three-year deal with PRO14 Rugby to show all 152 games live each season across the UK including Northern Ireland.
Following PRO14 Rugby’s initial announcement of fixtures Premier Sports have now confirmed that they are showing all 7 games live from the opening weekend. These are:
Friday, August 31 (all kick-off times are local)
19:35 Cardiff Blues v Leinster Rugby, Cardiff Arms Park
Live on Premier Sports 2
19:35 Ospreys Rugby v Edinburgh Rugby, Liberty Stadium
Live on Premier Sports 1
Saturday, September 1
15:00 Connacht Rugby v Glasgow Warriors, The Sportsground
Live on Premier Sports 1
17:15 Ulster Rugby v Scarlets, Kingspan Stadium
Live on Premier Sports 1
17:15 Munster Rugby v Toyota Cheetahs, Thomond Park
Live on Premier Sports 2
19:35 Dragons v Benetton Rugby, Rodney Parade
Live on Premier Sports 1
20:35 Zebre Rugby Club v Southern Kings, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Live on Free Sports
Richard Sweeney, CEO of Premier Sports, commented: “We are really excited about our first season showing every game of the Guinness PRO14. Seeing the initial line-up of mouth-watering fixtures brings the start of the season even closer. We will be live at Liberty Stadium and Cardiff Arms Park for the season openers on Friday 31st of August as the Ospreys take on Edinburgh and Cardiff Blues face Leinster.
“Then on Saturday September 1st we will bring our viewers all 5 live games across Premier Sports 1, Premier Sports 2 and our FreeSports channel. This is the first time one broadcaster has brought all 152 games under one roof and we look forward to being the new home of Guinness PRO14 in Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England.”
The fixture list brings derby games early in the season with Scarlets v Ospreys, Dragons v Cardiff Blues, Leinster v Munster and Ulster v Connacht all being shown live on Premier Sports over the weekend of the 5th and 6th of October.
The festive season brings three more rounds of Derby action across two weekends in December and the first week of January. These massive fixtures include Ulster’s three derby games against Munster, Connacht and Leinster plus there will be six Welsh derbies and two Scottish derbies across three consecutive rounds. The only place to see all these derby games live will be on the Premier Sports channels.
Planning is advanced for a large marketing campaign to support Premier’s live coverage plus production planning to deliver a great viewing experience for fans.
Richard Sweeney added: “Preparations for our debut season are very advanced at this stage. We will be announcing our production partners and our strong line-up of presenters, commentators and analysts in the coming weeks as we build towards the opening weekend. The Guinness PRO14 will be the centre piece of our channels and look forward to putting on the best shows possible.”

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