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Premier Sports and FreeSports strike Pro14 Rugby deal




PRO14 Rugby has agreed a three-year deal with Premier Sports and FreeSports, giving fans access to 152 pay TV and 21 free TV games per season.

All games will be available in HD, either via Premier Sports HD or FreeSport's new HD channel, which is now set to be on-air for July 2018, according to today's announcement.

The Guinness PRO14 is a professional Rugby Union tournament for clubs from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and South Africa. The agreement covers the 2018-21 seasons and includes all 152 games per season to be broadcast on Premier Sports and 21 games - or one per round - on FreeSports.

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 will be available to 22 million UK homes from next season on most major TV platforms, and online via TVPlayer.com.

Martin Anayi, CEO of PRO14 Rugby, said: 
“The partnership with Premier Sports will be a watershed moment for the Guinness PRO14, our clubs and their supporters. As an innovative global rugby championship full of world-class players we are always looking to raise our game and this relationship is a bold step for us. This will take coverage of the Guinness PRO14 to a new level and unlock the tournament’s vast potential. 

Richard Webb, Chief Operating Officer at Premier Sports & FreeSports, added: 
“We are delighted to have concluded a deal to showcase what we consider to be the most exciting club rugby championship in the world. We believe having all 152 games from every round across our two Premier Sports channels for just £9.99 a month with high level, consistent production represents superb value and means that, for the first time, supporters have unprecedented access to every minute of the Guinness PRO14 all under one roof.”



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