TV3 wins NatWest 6 Nations Championship rights from 2018

11th Nov 16 | Latest News

TV3 has secured the rights to the Six Nations Championship from 2018 until 2021.  

TV3 has secured the rights to the NatWest 6 Nations Championship for a period of 4 years from 2018 until 2021.

TV3 will broadcast every game live and free-to-air for viewers in the Republic of Ireland from 2018 onwards.

TV3’s coverage will also include previews, magazine programmes and highlight shows as well as delayed match replays of all matches to complement live coverage and give maximum exposure to ‘Rugby’s Greatest Championship’.

The Six Nations Championship is the premier rugby competition in the Northern Hemisphere. Over the last two years viewership in Ireland has averaged over 400,000 per match. Ireland has enjoyed back-to-back title success in the Six Nations Championship in 2014 and 2015.

Commenting on the agreement, John Feehan, CEO of Six Nations Rugby said: “We are delighted to be working with TV3 on developing the interest in the Championship and to ultimately grow this wonderful competition in Ireland. TV3’s coverage of Rugby World Cup was very successful and we believe that they will inject new and exciting ideas in the broadcasting of the Six Nations Championship.”

Niall Cogley, TV3 Group Director of Broadcasting said: “In the last two months, TV3 has been able to demonstrate its credentials as Ireland’s National Commercial Broadcaster with a refreshing and comprehensive presentation of all 48 games of Rugby World Cup 2015. 

"We are grateful that the Six Nations Unions, the Federations and their Executive team were sufficiently impressed by our recent work.  We very much look forward to presenting Rugby’s Greatest Championship into the foreseeable future and making TV3 the home of rugby in Ireland.”

TV3 Group CEO, David McRedmond, said: “In recent years we have had to endure extraordinary challenges in the most intense of commercial environments. I am delighted we can back up our success with Rugby World Cup 2015 coverage by winning these rights.

"We are committed to providing Irish audiences with the best home production in sport, in drama with the award-winning ‘Red Rock’, in documentaries like ‘The Joy’, in News and in entertainment shows such as ‘The Great Irish Bake-Off’.”