FreeSports serves up live NCL rugby league coverage

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FreeSports has teamed up with rugby league magazine show Rugby AM to bring regular live coverage of the Kingstone Press National Conference League to free-to-air audiences on Saturday afternoons.

The NCL is the top British amateur level in rugby league and there are 12 teams in the Premier Division.

Over 30 matches scheduled for live coverage throughout the 2018 season on FreeSports, available on Freeview channel 95, Sky 424 and Freesat 252, as part of a two-year broadcast deal between the NCL, Rugby AM and FreeSports.

Supporting the live matches on the channel will be the Rugby AM magazine show, which is shown on FreeSports every Wednesday. Broadcast times may differ each week due to other live sport on the channel, but it will usually be shown at 7.30pm-8.30pm or 8pm-9pm slot.

Some amendments have been made to FreeSports and Rugby AM’s live match schedule since the original list was revealed.

On 5 May, the live game will now be Wigan St Patricks against Thatto Heath Crusaders. There will be no game on 19 May, while on 4 August the live game will be Underbank versus Thatto Heath.

Rugby AM was founded by Alex Simmons and is co-owned by Leeds Rhinos star Jamie Jones-Buchanan, with a commitment to grow the sport of rugby league at grass roots level, as well as globally and through their efforts, regular rugby league coverage is now accessible to 18 million homes in the UK and free to view on terrestrial TV.

Rugby AM founder Alex Simmons said:

“Broadcasting the National Conference League live every week on FreeSports will, for the first time, give the community game the profile it truly deserves!

“Grassroots Rugby League is the foundation stone the game is built on, every professional player once upon a time turned out for their local club dreaming of stardom. The fact that we can now broadcast a live game every week will showcase the passion, spirit and talent of the National Conference League clubs.

Rugby AM co-founder Jamie Jones-Buchanan added:

“The community game was the bedrock and seed from which my professional career sprouted. Without the unsung heroes of the community clubs we simply wouldn’t have the opportunities afforded to us by the professional game.

“What a continued privilege it is to be able to beam the beating heart of Rugby league and the personalities within, to millions of UK homes through Rugby AM to invite the very nation into the Rugby League family.”

As well as live NCL coverage, FreeSports shows delayed coverage of the Toronto Wolfpack games in the Betfred Championship, with live matches shown on sister channel Premier Sports. FreeSports repeats are usually shown the following day.

For more information about FreeSports, visit the channel’s website – freesports.tv.

Further details about Rugby AM, including latest news, features and video, can be found via rugbyam.co.uk.

Scroll down for a full list of forthcoming live NCL games on FreeSports.

SATURDAY 28th APRIL

Ince Rose Bridge v Featherstone Lions
National Conference League: Division 1

16:05

SATURDAY 5th MAY

Wigan St Patricks v Thatto Heath Crusaders
National Conference League: Premier Division

17:05

SATURDAY 12th MAY

Siddal v Underbank Rangers
National Conference League: Premier Division

16:30

SATURDAY 26th MAY

Hunslet Club Parkside v Myton Warriors
National Conference League: Premier Division

14:30

SATURDAY 2nd JUNE

Kells v Egremont Rangers
National Conference League: Premier Division

14:30

SATURDAY 9th JUNE

Leigh Miners Rangers v Milford Marlins
National Conference League: Division 1

14:30

SATURDAY 16th JUNE

Myton Warriors v West Hull
National Conference League: Premier Division

14:30

SATURDAY 23rd JUNE

Yorkshire v Lancashire
NCL War of the Roses

15:00

SATURDAY 30th JUNE

Pilkington Recs v Skirlaugh
National Conference League: Division 1

14:30

SATURDAY 7th JULY

Underbank Rangers v West Hull
National Conference League: Premier Division

14:30

SATURDAY 14th JULY

Thatto Heath Crusaders v Hunslet  Club Parkside
National Conference League: Premier Division

14:30

SATURDAY 21st JULY

West Hull v Wigan St Patricks
National Conference League: Premier Division

14:30

SATURDAY 28th JULY

Egremont Rangers v Wath Brow Hornets
National Conference League: Premier Division

14:30

SATURDAY 4th AUGUST

Beverley v Dewsbury Celtic
National Conference League: Division 3

14:30

SATURDAY 11th AUGUST

Normanton Knights v Hunslet Club Parkside
National Conference League: Premier Division

14:30

SATURDAY 18th AUGUST

Saddleworth Rangers v Leigh East
National Conference League: Division 2

14:30

WEDNESDAY 29th AUGUST

Yorkshire Legends v Lancashire Legends
War of the Roses: Origin Legends

SATURDAY 1st SEPTEMBER

Wigan St Judes v Dewsbury Moor Maroons
National Conference League: Division 2

14:30

SATURDAY 8th SEPTEMBER

Lock Lane v Milford Marlins
National Conference League: Division 1

14:30

SATURDAY 15th SEPTEMBER

Shaw Cross Sharks v Ince Rose Bridge
National Conference League: Division 1

14:30

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