Tuesday 27 September 2016

Eir Sport launches

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Published 06/07/2016 | 02:30

EIR Sport will broadcast the 2019 Rugby World Cup as well as next year’s Women’s World Cup. Stock photo: Getty
EIR Sport will broadcast the 2019 Rugby World Cup as well as next year’s Women’s World Cup. Stock photo: Getty

Eir Sport, formerly Setanta Sports, have secured the Irish television rights to broadcast the 2019 Rugby World Cup as well as next year's Women's World Cup.

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All 48 games will be shown as part of the Eir Sport pack, while 13 games including all of Ireland's clashes, the semi-finals and the final will be shown on a free-to-air channel that is yet to be decided.

The U-20 World Cup will be shown from 2017 through to 2019, while so too will the Rugby Sevens World Cup (men's and women's) in 2018.

There are six channels as part of the sport pack, including BT Sport who will show 35 European games as well as 70 Aviva Premiership games.

Setanta have previously broadcasted two Rugby World Cups in 2007 and 2011 which were sub-licensed to TV3 and RTE respectively.

Eir Sport also confirmed that further down the line, they would be open to showing live Pro12 games, which would be a significant boost for the competition.

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