TV3 has announced its live pool matches for this season’s Heineken Champions Cup. Nine games will be broadcast on the free-to-air channel, which will be re-branded to Virgin Media One on Thursday, August 30.
TV3 will broadcast Munster v Gloucester at Thomond Park in round 2 on Saturday, October 20 (kick-off 1pm), and Leinster v Toulouse at the RDS in round 5 on Saturday, January 12 (kick-off 1pm).
Live coverage of one quarter-final, one semi-final and the 2019 final at St James’ Park, Newcastle will also be broadcast, with a weekly highlights programme each match week, featuring the Irish provinces’ Heineken Champions Cup matches.
Kieran Holden, TV3 Group Head of Sport, said: “We are very happy to be bringing live coverage of European club rugby back to Irish free-to-air audiences at such an exciting time both for Irish Rugby and for our business. In two weeks’ time we will re-brand our free to air channels under the Virgin Media Television brand and two weeks later we will be adding our own Virgin Media Sports channel to the ever growing list of benefits enjoyed by Virgin Media customers.
“Twelve short months ago we could hardly have imagined this level of excitement or success…Irish Six Nations Grand Slam champions and European Cup champions, both defending their titles live on TV3 and a continuity of top-class live rugby over 14 weekends of the upcoming season between the two tournaments, with nine live Heineken Champions Cup matches.”
Click here for today’s announcement of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup pool fixtures and details of the Irish provinces’ matches and live TV coverage.
TV3/VIRGIN MEDIA ONE HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP SCHEDULE:
Saturday, October 13: Pool 1 – Bath v Toulouse, Recreation Ground, 1pm
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
* TV3 channels TV3, 3e and be3 will be re-branded to Virgin Media One, Virgin Media Two and Virgin Media Three on Thursday, August 30. All Heineken Champions Cup live fixtures will be broadcast on Virgin Media One