Tournament newcomers Exeter Chiefs will face European Rugby champions, Leinster for their first match. The clash will be part of the first weekend of the 2012-2013 Heineken Cup season and is live on Sky Sports on Saturday 13 October. Last season Leinster recorded the highest ever points scored in a Heineken Cup final, the largest ever winning margin and the most tries scored by a team in a European final.
Last season’s finalists Ulster will host Castres Olympique at Ravenhill in the first match of the season on Friday 12 October and Aviva Premiership champions, Harlequins, welcome Biarritz to the Stoop on Saturday 13 October.
Then on Sunday 14 October, four-time Heineken Cup winners, Toulouse face Leicester at Stade Toulousain and Toulon go against Montpellier, rounding up a busy first weekend of European rugby.
Live coverage continues in Round 2 with the first Heineken Cup match to ever be held in Belgium, making it the tenth country to stage a Heineken Cup fixture. Saracens will head to the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels to host Racing Metro 92 on Saturday 20 October.
The Heineken Cup coverage throughout the season is presented by Alex Payne and James Gemmell, with commentary from Stuart Barnes, Paul Wallace, Miles Harrison, Mark Robson and Johnnie Hammond. Expert analysis comes from the likes of Will Greenwood, Dewi Morris, Ieuan Evans, Scott Quinnell and Scott Hastings
The Heineken Cup is part of an unrivalled line up of rugby union with domestic, European and international matches all available live on Sky Sports HD channels.
Alongside the Heineken Cup, Sky Sports will broadcast coverage from the Amlin Challenge Cup.
Sky Sports subscribers can watch all of Sky’s Heineken Cup matches online through the Event Centre. Available from www.Skysports.com, all Sky’s live matches are available simultaneously and all tries can be viewed as they happen with Try Alert.
With Match Centre, any single moment from any game can be accessed with easy to navigate time lines from each match. Users can pause, replay and watch the action in slow-motion whilst keeping up to date with stats and information as the matches happen.
Highlights, analysis and a comprehensive round-up of the weekend’s matches will also be shown on European Rugby Special, a weekly programme broadcast every Sunday of the tournament, plus The Rugby Club, the weekly magazine show featuring in-depth previews, analysis and reaction throughout the season.
Viewers can also keep up-to-date with Sky Go, which allows Sky TV customers with Sky Sports access to live steaming across a laptops, computers, tablet and mobile devices. Sky Sports viewers will be able to watch an outstanding line-up of live rugby union on the move and free of charge. There is also 24/7 coverage on skysports.com, plus the breaking news, views and scores round the clock on Sky Sports News.
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