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Broadcaster’s coverage to include high profile Scarlets v Leicester from Parc y Scarlets in new European Rugby Champions Cup

The new sponsor of the Welsh Regions, BT Sport today announced a stunning line up of exclusively live matches it will show from the new European Rugby Champions Cup, the successor to the Heineken Cup, as well as the new European Rugby Challenge Cup.

In the European Rugby Champions Cup, BT Sport will show at least five matches exclusively live from each of the opening rounds of the tournament, plus two quarter-finals and a semi-final. The Final, which will be shown live on BT Sport, will be shared with Sky Sports.

BT Sport’s most recent addition, former Ireland and Leinster centre Brian O’Driscoll, who will be working as a rugby expert for the TV channel’s coverage all season, will line-up alongside fellow pundit and former England and Wasps forward, Lawrence Dallaglio to present the match.

In the second round of the tournament – which spans October 23 to 26 – BT Sport matches are exclusively live which includes the Scarlets’ home match against English giants Leicester on Saturday 25th October on BT Sport 2, kick-off 7.45pm.

Grant Best, senior executive channel producer, BT Sport, said: “As well as being the home of the world leading Aviva Premiership, we’re delighted to be adding coverage of Europe’s premier rugby competition to our line-up. We are passionate about rugby at BT Sport and look forward to growing the profile of European rugby. Last season, in our inaugural season of Aviva Premiership Rugby, TV audiences rose by 40 per cent.”

BT Sport’s European rugby match coverage will be anchored live from the grounds around Europe for key matches, with further games broadcast live from the BT Sport studio in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Coverage will run throughout the weekend with BT Sport’s news and information show, SPORTSHUB, providing reaction and updates from the rest of the tournament in-between the live matches. Coverage will be hosted by Craig Doyle, while commentary will be provided by Nick Mullins and Alastair Eykyn, who will be joined by BT Sport rugby experts, Lawrence Dallaglio, Ben Kay, Matt Dawson and Austin Healey. Reporting duties fall to Wales’ Sarra Elgan and Martin Bayfield.

After a highly successful first year, BT Sport’s Rugby Tonight moves to a new slot of Monday nights for the new season and will recap on all the action in the new European tournaments. It will continue to be hosted by Martin Bayfield, Matt Dawson, Craig Doyle plus Sarra Elgan and will offer a mixture of rugby analysis, debate and lively entertainment around the tournaments, as well as the wider world of rugby.

 BT SPORT EXCLUSIVELY LIVE MATCHES – Round 1 – Champions Cup

 

Harlequins v Castres Friday October 17 BT Sport 2, 7.45pm ko
Saracens v Clermont Saturday October 18 BT Sport 1, 3.15pm ko
Glasgow v Bath Saturday October 18 BT Sport 2, 3.15pm ko
Leicester v Ulster Saturday October 18 BT Sport 2, 7.45pm ko
Leinster v Wasps Sunday October 19 BT Sport 2, 5.15pm ko

 

BT SPORT EXCLUSIVELY LIVE MATCHES – Round 2 – Champions Cup

 

Munster v Saracens Friday October 24 BT Sport 2, 7.45pm ko
Bath v Toulouse Saturday October 25 BT Sport 1, 3.15pm ko
Scarlets v Leicester Saturday October 25 BT Sport 2, 7.45pm ko
Wasps v Harlequins Sunday October 26 BT Sport 2, 5.15pm ko
Treviso v Racing Sunday October 26 (details tbc), 5.15pm ko

 

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