RTÉ Sport has announced details of its comprehensive coverage of this year’s RBS 6 Nations across all six of its platforms, as Ireland launch their campaign to defend their Grand Slam title and Croke Park plays host to Ireland’s home fixtures for the final time.
With all eyes on Grand Slam champions Ireland this year, RTÉ Sport will continue to deliver the widest and best coverage of the most highly anticipated and most-watched rugby tournament in Ireland.
RTÉ Sport will deliver extensive coverage of RBS 6 Nations 2010 including: All 15 matches across the five weekends of the tournament broadcast live on RTÉ Two television. All of Ireland’s matches broadcast live on RTÉ Radio 1, FM, LW, DAB and online. All 15 matches will be streamed live on RTÉ.ie within the island of Ireland. Web-only Rugby Extra programmes at RTÉ.ie/sport available worldwide
RTÉ’s coverage of the RBS 6 Nations always captures the imagination of the Irish public with the tournament featuring twice in the Top 10 programmes of the last decade. The historic 6 Nations fixture between Ireland and England in Croke Park in February 2007 was the fifth most-watched programme of the Noughties with an average audience of 1.01 million, while Ireland’s glorious grand slam win in Cardiff in March of last year, comes in at number eight with an average audience of 945,000, with both games attracting peak audiences of 1.2 million*.
Glen Killane, Group Head of Sport RTÉ, said: ‘Following last year’s magnificent Grand Slam win by the Irish team, this year is set to be another feast of exhilarating rugby with RTÉ Sport there every step of the way on television, radio, online, news, Aertel and mobile.
‘As Ireland’s public service broadcaster we are delighted to broadcast live and free to air coverage of these thrilling events to ensure that everybody can share in the national team’s success.’
RTÉ’s unrivalled team of presenters and panellists will be providing their expert analysis and opinion at every stage of the tournament.
On RTÉ Two television, anchorman Tom McGurk will be joined by George Hook, Brent Pope and Conor O’Shea, with Tracy Piggott reporting from the sidelines and commentary by Ryle Nugent, Tony Ward, George Hamilton, Ralph Keyes, Mark McDermott and Hugh Cahill.
Strengthening RTÉ’s renowned rugby team even further this season will be a number of new faces. Joanne Cantwell returns each Monday with a brand new series of Against the Head, where she will be joined by former Irish International Victor Costello alongside Mark McDermott and Gerry Thornley for a lively mix of interviews, news, analysis and discussion.
While former Irish International and Munster hooker Frankie Sheahan will be capturing all the action and excitement from the field as a key part of RTÉ Television’s 6 Nations commentary team.
Further to the RTÉ Television’s extensive live coverage of the tournament, there will also be live coverage of Ireland U20s clashes against Italy, France, Wales and Scotland on RTÉ Two.
RTÉ Radio will provide extensive RBS 6 Nations coverage across all wavelengths, on FM, LW, DAB and online. RTÉ Radio 1′s Saturday Sport will offer live coverage and analysis at all five of Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations matches with simultaneous broadcasts on digital and online platforms. Tune into RTÉ Radio 1 Extra on DAB and online to hear all other International games streaming live from kick-off.
RTÉ Radio’s commentary team, Michael Corcoran and Donal Lenihan, and expert panellists, Emmett Byrne, Victor Costello, Conor McGuinness, John Kelly, Jim Glennon and David Humphreys will be on hand to provide top quality insight. RTÉ 2fm’s newest sports show Ballbusters with Andrew O’Connor and Jacqui Hurley will give regular updates on matches as Ireland try to achieve back-to-back Grand Slams.
RTÉ.ie/sport will cover the 2010 RBS 6 Nations with a multimedia section at www.rte.ie/sixnations. With an in-depth focus on Ireland’s campaign, the site will feature live text match commentaries, a fantasy league, live and on-demand video and audio, interactive player ratings, and incisive debate and analysis from Conor O’Shea, Brent Pope, George Hook, and Brendan Cole. All 15 RBS 6 Nations matches, plus Ireland’s Under-20s matches, will be streamed live within the Island of Ireland. There will also be live web-only coverage of the Six Nations Club International between Ireland and Scotland, and the Six Nations A game between Ireland and Scotland.
Irish rugby fans worldwide can get involved on RTÉ.ie/sport’s web-only Rugby Extra programmes, where the studio panel will analyse all the action and answer emails from rugby fans around the globe.
Commentaries on all games from RTÉ Radio Sport will also be available worldwide. RTÉ Sport’s RBS 6 Nations programming will be available on-demand on the RTÉ player to users on the island of Ireland; users worldwide will be able to access the web-only Rugby Extra programmes on the International version of the RTÉ player.
Six Nations stories, fixtures, live scores, results and more will also be available on RTÉ Aertel and RTÉ Mobile at www.rte.ie/sport.
RTÉ Television’s live RBS 6 Nations coverage is sponsored by Ulster Bank. RTÉ.ie’s live streaming and dedicated RBS 6 Nations website is sponsored by O2 who will also have a significant presence across RTÉ Radio 1′s live coverage of the Ireland’s games.