Women’s Rugby World Cup to be shown on Sky Sports
Sky Sports coverage to add world cup and IRB Junior World Championships to 2014 schedule
Sky Sports viewers in Ireland and the UK will benefit from a bumper schedule of rugby matches this year as the TV provider expands their current portfolio to include coverage of the Women’s Rugby World Cup.
The only English-speaking broadcaster to cover the tournament in Ireland, Sky will cover all major matches held between the top 12 nations involved in the competition, allowing Sky viewers to watch pool matches, semi-finals and finals.
Coverage of the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 in New Zealand is also set to be added to Sky’s impressive line-up this year, with PRO12 matches on the cards for broadcast from 2014/15.
In the scrum
These new additions to Sky Sports will join an already extensive selection of sports previews and matches, which includes international summer tours and Ireland, England, Italy and France autumn international matches.
Barney Francis, Sky Sports managing director, explained that both the Women’s Rugby World Cup and IRB Junior World Championships will be “excellent additions to [their] unrivalled coverage of the game” and ensure an action-packed summer of sport for Sky customers.
“This summer we will have the best women’s rugby on Sky, adding to our strong year-round portfolio of women’s sport,” he said.
IRB Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, echoed these sentiments on Sky Sports coverage:
“Sky Sports are renowned for their passion and support for rugby and we are delighted to be extending our partnership with a broadcaster who shares our vision for women’s and age grade rugby.”
Stars of the match
Key players expected to perform well in the women’s rugby matches include Alison Miller and Jenny Murphy, with Ireland hoping to repeat their success after becoming Grand Slam winners of last year’s Women’s Six Nations Championship.
Miller – who was top try scorer for the 2013 Six Nations Championships – also joins Murphy as one of Sky Sports Living For Sport mentors. The initiative uses inspirational sport personalities to encourage secondary school children to excel by touring Irish schools.
Sky’s choice of commentary and studio line-up will also be set to please rugby fans, with eight members of the team having played for or against the Lions and totting up an impressive 550 international caps between them.