-Exclusively live fixtures on ESPN in February and March include champions Harlequins
-Part of ESPN’s line-up of 46 matches exclusively live all season, plus exclusive coverage of the Final
–ESPNscrum.com, continues to bring fans comprehensive coverage and video highlights
ESPN has announced its next set of exclusively live Aviva Premiership matches as the race for the semi-final play-offs intensifies. The coverage begins on Friday 8th February game as bottom-placed Sale Sharks welcome upwardly-mobile West Country club Exeter Chiefs. The following day brings a London derby as leaders and reigning champions Harlequins face London Wasps.
Wasps feature again on Sunday 17th February as Gloucester Rugby visit Adams Park. On the evening of Friday 22nd February Gloucester take on Worcester Warriors, while Saturday 23rd February sees a repeat of the 2010 and 2011 Aviva Premiership Finals as ESPN broadcasts Leicester Tigers v Saracens live from Welford Road.
The clash between Bath Rugby and Gloucester kicks off the month of March when they face each other on Friday 1st March. The final game of ESPN’s new set of fixtures is another London derby, as second-placed Saracens face London Welsh at Allianz Park.
ESPN’s live televised Aviva Premiership matches are broadcast on-site at all the grounds from a custom built set, with all pre- and post-match discussion led by Mark Durden-Smith alongside analysts and former England internationals, Austin Healey and Ben Kay, as well as a special guest from the world of rugby every week. Commentary will come from Nick Mullins together with Healey and Kay. Sarra Elgan continues as ESPN’s chief rugby reporter, bringing all the news and player interviews from pitchside.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Highlights, ESPN’s 60-minute highlights programme, continues to air throughout the season. Hosted by ESPN’s rugby team, the weekly show will look back at the best of the weekend’s action and discuss the key talking points alongside a special studio guest.
Simon Potter, senior director, programming, ESPN, Europe Middle East & Africa, said: “This season has already produced some great rugby, and the fact that just five points separates first from sixth demonstrates the high quality and competitiveness of the Aviva Premiership. We’re looking forward to bringing fans more great fixtures as teams battle for the semi-final places and to avoid relegation.”
ESPNscrum.com, ESPN’s rugby website, will continue to offer fans in the UK extensive online news, previews, results and video around both domestic and international rugby union. Its Aviva Premiership Rugby coverage includes weekly analysis from Healey and Kay.
Including these latest selections, ESPN’s schedule of upcoming exclusively live matches includes: (KO times listed)
Saturday 22nd Bath Rugby v Saracens 1:15pm
Sunday 23rd London Wasps v Sale Sharks 2:00pm
Saturday 29th Harlequins v London Irish 2:15pm
Sunday 30th Saracens v Northampton Saints 2:15pm
Friday 4th Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers 8:00pm
Friday 8th Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs 7:45pm
Saturday 9th Harlequins v London Wasps 8:00pm
Sunday 17th London Wasps v Gloucester Rugby 1:00pm
Friday 22nd Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors 7:45pm
Saturday 23rd Leicester Tigers v Saracens 8:00pm
Friday 1st Bath Rugby v Gloucester Rugby 8:00pm
Sunday 3rd Saracens v London Welsh 2:15pm
Aviva Premiership Rugby is part of an ESPN programming line-up rich in top quality, exclusive sports. ESPN features live televised coverage of the Barclays Premier League, FA Cup, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, UEFA Europa League, European league football, international football, plus the best in North American sports, motorsports, UFC and much more.