Munster and Leinster on free-to-air as TV3 reveal line-up for Champions Cup coverage
Leinster and Munster will both have at least one group game each shown on free-to-air television after TV3's coverage of this year's Champions Cup was revealed.
Munster's second round clash with Gloucester and Leinster's fifth round meeting with Toulouse will both be part of TV3's coverage of this season's competition.
The station could also potentially show Munster's final group stage game with Exeter Chiefs, with the exact television schedule yet to be confirmed.
Europe's premier club rugby competition returns to an Irish free-to-air channel for the first time in over a decade as Leinster launch their defence of the title they won in Bilbao in May.
TV3 reached a deal earlier this year to show live coverage of one group stage game each week, as well as one match from the quarter-final, semi-final and ultimately the final, which takes place this year in St. James' Park in Newcastle. The deal runs until the end of the 2021/22 season.
TV3/VIRGIN MEDIA ONE HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP SCHEDULE:
Saturday, October 13: Pool 1 - Bath v Toulouse, Recreation Ground, 1pm
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Saturday, October 20: Pool 2 - MUNSTER v Gloucester, Thomond Park, 1pm
Saturday, December 8: Pool 2 - Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester, Sandy Park, 1pm
Saturday, December 15: Pool 3 - Cardiff Blues v Saracens, Cardiff Arms Park, 1pm
Saturday, January 12: Pool 1 - LEINSTER v Toulouse, the RDS, 1pm
Saturday, January 19: Pool 2 or 3 tbc - MUNSTER v Exeter Chiefs or Castres Olympique v Gloucester (both 5.30pm) or Saracens v Glasgow Warriors (1pm)
Saturday, March 30: Quarter-Final
Saturday, April 20: Semi-Final
Saturday, May 11: Final