BT Sport takes over Anglo-Welsh Cup rights

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BT Sport has been confirmed as the new broadcast partner for the Anglo-Welsh Cup from the 2016/17 season onwards.

Back after a one-year absence due to the Rugby World Cup, the competition makes its return to the domestic rugby calendar, with BT committing to double the amount of live TV coverage than previous rights holder Sky Sports, with at least two live games per round.

The first Anglo-Welsh Cup clash of the season will be televised by BT Sport when Bath Rugby host Leicester Tigers at The Rec on Friday, November 4.

BT’s cameras then move on to the Twickenham Stoop the next day to show Exeter Chiefs’ trip to the capital to take on Harlequins.

The following weekend will see live coverage of two matches from the second round of pool stage games when Bristol Rugby host Sale Sharks on Friday, November 11, followed by Exeter Chiefs against Cardiff Blues on Sunday, November 13.

The Anglo-Welsh Cup will compliment BT Sport’s exclusive live coverage of the Aviva Premiership, as well as live games from the European Champions Cup and European Challenge Cup, shared with Sky Sports.

Phil Winstanley, Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby, said: “Everyone is delighted to see the return of the Anglo-Welsh competition and the clubs can’t wait to get started.”

“The competition has played a huge role in the development of young talent in both England and Wales.

“England’s recent success in the Under-20s World Cup shows there is a depth of talent in English rugby like never before and I can’t wait to see the current crop get their chance in first team rugby via the Anglo-Welsh Cup.”

Free-to-air highlights of every round during the competition will continue to be shown on ITV and ITV4 on Sunday evenings.

Anglo-Welsh Cup 2016/17 – Live games on BT Sport
Round 1

Bath v Leicester Tigers
Friday 4th November

19:45

Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs
Saturday 5th November

17:30

Round 2

Bristol v Sale Sharks
Friday 11th November

19:45

Exeter Chiefs v Cardiff Blues
Sunday 13th November

15:00

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