12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
RTÉ's coverage of 2007 tournament will include:
- All 15 matches across the five weekends of the tournament broadcast live on RTÉ Two television
- For the first time, all 15 matches will be streamed live on RTÉ.ie within the Republic of Ireland
- All of Ireland's matches broadcast live on RTÉ Radio 1 FM
- Hour-long highlights programme after each of Ireland's games on RTÉ Two television
Glen Killane, RTÉ Group Head of Sport, said: "Last year, RTÉ's Six Nations coverage attracted the biggest ever audiences for the tournament on Irish television and I'm delighted that this year RTÉ Sport will be delivering our most comprehensive coverage yet. We constantly strive to deliver the big competitions to the widest possible audience and with coverage across RTÉ Two television, RTÉ Radio 1 and rte.ie, we are also offering greater choice and flexibility to sports fans."
RTÉ's coverage of last year's Six Nations attracted the highest Irish audiences ever for the tournament, with a peak of 821,000 viewers tuning in to see live coverage of Ireland's Triple Crown clincher against England on RTÉ Two.
Ahead of this season's historic Croke Park games, RTÉ Television will broadcast a specially commissioned half-hour programme entitled 'Croke Park - The Opening Hour', which celebrates the moment when Ireland unites in sport as the Irish rugby and soccer teams play in Croke Park for the first time.
For the live match coverage on RTÉ Two, anchorman Tom McGurk will be joined by George Hook, Brent Pope and Conor O'Shea, with Tracy Piggott reporting from the sidelines and commentary by Ryle Nugent, Tony Ward, George Hamilton, Ralph Keyes, Tony Clement and Gary Moran.
RTÉ Radio's in-house rugby expert Michael Corcoran will be joined by former Ireland internationals Ciaran Fitzgerald, Victor Costello, Donal Lenihan, David Humphreys, Conor McGuinness and Emmet Byrne for live on-air reaction and analysis of all of Ireland's games.
Further to the RTÉ's extensive live coverage of the tournament, Tom McGurk will also present an hour-long late night highlights programme after each of Ireland's matches. There will also be live coverage of the Ireland 'A' and Club Internationals as well as the return of 'Against The Head', the weekly rugby magazine programme on Mondays at 8.00pm on RTÉ Two.