RTÉ Secures Rights To Irish Rugby Internationals
Ireland vs the All Blacks will be broadcast live on RTÉ television as part of next year’s Guinness Series at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Joe Schmidt’s men are set to have another crack at the world champions next year as part of their Autumn internationals. Ireland are also set to take on Argentina and a tier two nation as part of the series.
The national station has retained the rights to broadcast Ireland’s autumn internationals for a further four years, until 2021.
RTÉ has been awarded exclusive Irish free-to-air rights to the games across television, radio, online and mobile as part of a four-year extension to their existing contract.
The deal also incorporates the rights to broadcast Ireland’s U20 Six Nations matches and includes live coverage of the final stages of the Ulster Bank League alongside RTÉ2’s rugby magazine show Against The Head as part of RTÉ’s commitment to domestic rugby.
Ryle Nugent, Group Head of Sport, RTÉ, said:
“I’m delighted that RTÉ has retained rights to the Guinness Series of Autumn Internationals until 2021 in addition to the final stages of the Ulster Bank League and Ireland taking on the All Blacks next year is set to be a great sporting occasion
“RTÉ Sport look forward to sharing that, and many more enthralling fixtures over the next four years across television, radio, online and mobile”.
IRFU CEO Philip Browne said:
“We are delighted to be working with RTÉ for the Guinness Series for the next four years. This year’s series featured three sold-out games, each of which made for compelling viewing.
“Live sporting events are some of the only programmes that can continue to gather the entire family around the TV, so we are look forward to working with RTÉ to bring these big games into people’s living rooms each November.”