ESPN Fantasy Rugby returns for 2016

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ESPN Fantasy Rugby returns for 2016

  • UK’s biggest fantasy rugby game returns for 2016
  • ESPN UK to deliver extensive coverage of tournament
  • Website offers the most comprehensive rugby union statistics in the UK
  • First ever ESPN Fantasy Rugby TV ad to run on BT Sport ahead of 6 Nations

ESPN will launch its Fantasy Rugby game ahead of the start of the 2016 RBS 6 Nations on Saturday February 6th. ESPN.co.uk will continue to offer extensive digital coverage of this year’s tournament online and on mobile, providing the most comprehensive rugby union news, analysis, live scores and text commentary of every key match. A host of past and present international rugby stars are contributing to ESPN’s coverage of the Six Nations, including Dave Attwood, Tom May, Rory Lawson, and Tom Varndell.

More than 120,000 people played ESPN Fantasy Rugby game last year on ESPN.co.uk, helping to set a record day for unique visitors and page views on the opening day of the 2015 RBS 6 Nations. The completely free game allows fans to make every game mean more by picking their fantasy XV, creating and joining leagues with their friends and competing for a range of prizes; with this year’s overall leader after five game weeks winning a Samsung 65” Ultra HD 3D compatibility Smart TV and a weekly winner taking home a 13” Apple Macbook Pro.

For the first time, ESPN is also running a TV ad on BT Sport up to the start of the tournament to promote the return of ESPN’s Fantasy Rugby. ESPN’s TV spot celebrates the twists and turns of following international rugby while playing ESPN Fantasy Rugby, ultimately making every game mean even more.

Charly Classen, Vice President and General Manager, ESPN – Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Our Fantasy Rugby game has grown from strength to strength into a market leading position, and is one of the best ways to give meaning to every moment of international rugby over the next two months. Alongside our editorial coverage, there is no better place than ESPN.co.uk to enjoy the Six Nations.”

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