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Saturday 20 September 2014

TV3 secures rights to 2015 Rugby World Cup

Published 15/04/2014 | 10:58

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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, left, and Ireland's Sean O'Brien in attendance at a TV3 Group RWC 2015 sports rights announcement Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, left, and Ireland's Sean O'Brien in attendance at a TV3 Group RWC 2015 sports rights announcement Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
15 April 2014; Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, left, David McRedmond, second left, TV3 Group CEO, Brett Gosper, IRB CEO, and Ireland's Sean O'Brien, right, in attendance at a TV3 Group RWC 2015 sports rights announcement. Mansion House, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, left, David McRedmond, second left, TV3 Group CEO, Brett Gosper, IRB CEO, and Ireland's Sean O'Brien, right, in attendance at a TV3 Group RWC 2015 sports rights announcement. Mansion House, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
15 April 2014; Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, left, and Ireland's Sean O'Brien in attendance at a TV3 Group RWC 2015 sports rights announcement. Mansion House, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, left, and Ireland's Sean O'Brien in attendance at a TV3 Group RWC 2015 sports rights announcement. Mansion House, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

TV3 has secured the Irish rights to broadcast next year’s Rugby World Cup where it will broadcast live coverage of all 48 matches.

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A press conference was held this morning to publicise the deal, which will also deliver a TV, digital and mobile highlights offering.

All of the Ireland matches and final stages of the tournament will be broadcast free to air, with the tournament taking place in England and Wales from September 18th to October 31st 2015.

The deal is seen as a major blow to RTE, but comes after TV3 itself failed to retain its GAA package in the face of strong rivalry from the national broadcaster and Sky.

"TV3 is honoured to have been awarded these prestigious rights by the International Rugby Board,” said Niall COgley, TV3 Group Director of Broadcasting.

“We are quite sure that Rugby World Cup will be the stand out sporting event in 2015, which will anchor our 2015 Autumn Schedule.”

“As Ireland’s leading commercial broadcaster TV3 is building its strongest ever schedule of originated programming. The Rugby World Cup win is an endorsement of the strategy to invest in the most relevant content for Irish audiences and advertisers,” he added.

It is expected that the broadcaster will broadcast about 20 matches on TV3 and the remainder on 3e, although TV3 has not ruled out some sub-licenses to other Irish broadcasters.

Details regarding studio, commentary and touchline broadcast teams are yet to be finalised.

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