10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
As part of RTI's extensive Heineken Cup coverage, 'The Heineken Cup Roadshow with Hook and Pope' begins on Wednesday night at 7pm on RTI Two.
The new programme will see punditry pals George Hook and Brent Pope visit rugby clubs around Ireland stimulating impassioned debate and discussion on the Heineken Cup with the grassroot supporters.
Each programme will be broadcast live from a different rugby club across the country where special guests and the live audience will join our inimitable hosts to discuss and debate the burning issues surrounding the latest Heineken Cup action.
One thing is for certain, it won't be just Hook and Pope doing the talking! In honour of the reigning Heineken Cup champions, the first show will be broadcast live from the Young Munster Rugby Football Club in Limerick tomorrow night.
...Kevin Keane, aged 3, grabs the Heineken Cup's lid and the limelight at the RTI photocall...
'The Heineken Cup Roadshow with Hook and Pope' is sponsored by Heineken.
Ryle Nugent, Commissioning Editor, RTI Television Sport said: "We are delighted to launch this programme as part of RTI Two's Heineken Cup coverage this year and look forward to sharing the passion for the Heineken Cup with the grassroot supporters around Ireland."
Heineken's National Events and Sponsorship Manager Pat Maher said: "Heineken are proud to sponsor this new programme as it will offer rugby and sports fans a different viewpoint and greater exploration of what is happening in the tournament."
...Who will be in the driver's seat in this season's Heineken Cup? Will it be Munster again?...
RTI Radio 1 will provide comprehensive live coverage of the Heineken Cup throughout the season with commentary from Michael Corcoran and Ciaran Fitzgerald. RTI Radio 1's live coverage begins next Saturday at 5.30pm, with Leinster v Gloucester live from Landsdowne Road. Live coverage continues on RTI Radio 1 on Sunday at 3pm as champions Munster open their campaign against Leicester at Welford Road.
...Hook and Pope and some old trophy...
RTI Television will broadcast extended highlights of all of Munster and Leinster's Heineken Cup games both home and away. Presented by Tom McGurk, the television coverage will also feature in-depth analysis of each of these games with the station's unrivalled team of panellists which includes: Brent Pope, George Hook, Ciaran Fitzgerald and Conor O'Shea.
RTI Television's Heineken Cup coverage begins next Saturday at 9pm on RTI Two, with extended highlights and analysis of Leinster v Gloucester. Commentary will be by Ryle Nugent and Tony Ward. On Sunday, highlights and analysis of Munster's opening game against Leicester will be broadcast on RTI Two at 7pm with commentary by Ryle Nugent and Conor O'Shea.
**All photos by Matt Browne of Sportsfile**