Scottish Rugby and Premier Sports team up for Summer Tests
Scottish Rugby has confirmed kick-off times and broadcast details for Scotland’s Summer Test matches against France and Georgia with all four fixtures being shown live on Premier Sports.
The home-and-away pairs of back-to-back fixtures will be broadcast live in HD on Premier Sports, followed by a slightly delayed, free-to-air broadcast on FreeSports (available on Freeview, Sky, Virgin, FreeSat, TalkTalk and BT TV), with an announcement on a highlights broadcaster to follow in the coming weeks.
The series begins when Scotland travel to face France in Nice on Saturday 17 August (kick-off 8pm BST, 9pm local time), before hosting the return fixture at BT Murrayfield a week later on Saturday afternoon (24 August, kick-off 1.10pm).
The first leg of the double header against Georgia follows on Saturday 31 August, where Scotland will be the first Tier 1 nation to face the Lelos on home soil at the Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi (kick-off 5pm BST, 8pm local time).
Scotland’s final Summer Test before the Rugby World Cup in Japan will then be hosted on Friday evening at BT Murrayfield for the first time in the team’s history, when they face Georgia on 6 September (kick-off 7.30pm), just three days from their departure for the Rugby World Cup.
Scottish Rugby Chief Operating Officer, Dominic McKay, said: “We’re delighted to have confirmed Premier Sports as the broadcaster of the forthcoming Summer Tests, with every game shown live and in HD. Premier Sports has enjoyed a great start to their tenure as broadcast partners of the Guinness PRO14 so it’s pleasing to see that relationship developing further for the benefit of the sport and supporters.
“It’s win-win deal for Scottish Rugby. Financially, it means we can continue to invest further in the sport in Scotland, while the option of the delayed free-to-air broadcast on FreeSports means we keep the sport accessible."
Premier Sports is the broadcast partner of the Guinness PRO14, showing all 153 games live this season across Premier Sports 1, 2 and sister channel FreeSports.
It has also added Autumn internationals and U18 Six Nations rugby to their package alongside top-tier football rights with Serie A, LaLiga, Scottish Cup, MLS and Eredivisie, which are all available to customers.
Richard Sweeney, Chief Executive of Premier Sports, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Scottish Rugby for their Summer Tests ahead of the Rugby World Cup, during a thrilling summer of rugby for supporters across the globe.
“We are excited to be expanding our rugby coverage further to offer high profile international rugby to our customers this summer, off the back of a packed schedule of 153 Guinness PRO14 games this season including the showcase Final of Glasgow v Leinster at Celtic Park in Glasgow this Saturday.”
SCOTLAND SUMMER TESTS
Saturday 17 August – France v Scotland; Allianz Riviera, Nice (kick-off 8pm BST, 9pm local time)
Saturday 24 August – Scotland v France; BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh (kick-off 1.10pm)
Saturday 31 August – Georgia v Scotland; Dinamo Arena, Tiblisi (kick-off 5pm BST, 8pm local time)
Friday 6 September – Scotland v Georgia; BT Murrayfield Stadium (kick-off 7.30pm)
Premier Sports is available in 16 million UK homes across Sky and Virgin platforms and to everyone via the Premier Player https://www.premierplayer.tv/ while FreeSports is available to 22 million UK homes across seven different platforms.
Premier Sports 1 is on Sky channel 412 and Virgin channel 551. Premier Sports 2 is on Sky channel 435 and Virgin Channel 552. FreeSports is available free on Sky Channel 422, Virgin Media Channel 553, on Channel 64 on Freeview and BT and on Freesat Channel 252.
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