RTÉ Sport and Newstalk retain European rugby radio rights

Irish networks agree to broadcast European Rugby Champions Cup until 2020.

RTÉ Sport and Newstalk retain European rugby radio rights

Irish broadcasters RTÉ Sport and Newstalk have extended their radio rights deal with European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), the governing body for rugby union in Europe, for a further three years.

The renewal will see both networks continue to provide live commentary in Ireland of the organisation’s flagship European Rugby Champions Cup club tournament until the end of the 2019/20 season.

Vincent Gaillard, director general of the EPCR, said: “Being able to renew with trustworthy partners who recognise the quality rugby offered in European competitions is good news, and that’s what we have with both RTÉ Sport and Newstalk.

“Rugby supporters across Europe enjoyed the passion generated by the Champions Cup last season in Ireland, which is a key market for us historically and symbolically, so we are delighted that fans will continue to enjoy such comprehensive coverage.”

Ryle Nugent, head of sport for RTÉ, added: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Europe’s premium rugby tournament. RTÉ Radio is looking forward to bringing expert commentary and analysis with Michael Corcoran and panellists including Donal Lenihan, Shane Byrne, Paddy Wallace and James Downey over the coming season.”

The 2016/17 European Rugby Champions Cup was won by English team Saracens for a second consecutive year. This season’s edition of the competition gets underway on 13th October when Irish side Ulster host England’s Wasps.