Sky Sports announce autumn Heineken Cup matches

Irish rugby fans can look forward to watching all four Irish teams in action in the first four rounds of the Heineken Cup

David Baker
by David Baker on 22nd July, 2013

Sky Sports subscribers in Ireland will be delighted with the news that the broadcaster will show all 24 Heineken Cup teams in one weekend during the first round of the competition, amounting to nearly 24 hours of exclusive live rugby union coverage.

45 live matches in all will be televised by the broadcasting giant covering the first four rounds of the Heineken Cup commencing on 11th October.

Sky Sports viewers can be confident of seeing their favourite teams play with each British and Irish side featuring in live coverage no less than three times in the first four rounds.

Matches will be played on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the initial stages of the competition.

Sky Sports subscribers in Ireland will also be able to watch the fixtures online through the Event Centre, with all the live televised matches being available simultaneously.

Additional features, such as Try Alert which enables viewers to witness every try that is scored and Match Centre which provides slow motion replays of the key moments as well as real-time stats, aim to improve the whole viewing experience for Sky Sports subscribers.

The first weekend of fixtures in the Heineken Cup competition features some mouth-watering contests. Premiership champions Leicester Tigers play Ulster, Toulouse take on recent newcomers Zebre from Italy while last year’s semi finalists Saracens host Connacht.

Executive producer for Sky Sports rugby union, Gus Williamson, described the opening weekend of the Heineken Cup as “immense” adding that “an unprecedented schedule from the international and domestic game and it’s going to be an incredible rugby season for Sky Sports viewers.”

James Gemmell and Alex Payne will present Sky Sport’s coverage with analysis from experts including Will Greenwood, Ieuan Evans, Scott Hastings and Dewi Morris among others who between them boast over 550 international caps.

Alternative means of keeping up to date on all the action as it happens include Sky Go on mobile devices, and Sky Sports News HD. Viewers will also be able to catch up with highlights and analysis from across each weekend’s matches every Sunday during the competition on European Rugby Special.

However they plan to watch the action, Sky Sports subscribers in Ireland are sure not to be disappointed this autumn.

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