Virgin Media Television and RTÉ have announced details of its joint ‘Guinness Six Nations’ coverage, ensuring Irish sports fans get to watch every game of the world’s greatest rugby tournament live and free to air.
Kicking off on Friday, 3rd February, this year’s Guinness Six Nations coverage will include all fixtures from Ireland Men’s, Women’s and U20s tournaments. The partnership will see all games equally aired across both broadcasters again this year, for what promises to be an explosive Championship.
The 2023 edition of the Guinness Six Nations Championship will open with Ireland v Wales on Virgin Media One, followed by England v Scotland on RTÉ2. Ireland will then take on current champions France on Saturday, 11th February. The TikTok Women’s Six Nations will begin on Sunday 26th March with Wales v Ireland.
Speaking at this morning’s launch at the Aviva Stadium, presenters Jacqui Hurley and Joe Molloy were joined on stage by members of their broadcast teams this year including pundits Rob Kearney, Fiona Hayes (Virgin Media Television), and RTÉ’s Jamie Heaslip & Hannah Tyrrell.
RTÉ announced this week that Irish international and Munster player Simon Zebo will be joining their punditry team.
Mick McCaffrey, Virgin Media Television’s Head of News and Sport said: “We are delighted to continue our successful partnership with RTÉ across the Men’s, Women’s and Under 20’s Six Nations tournaments. The fantastic viewing figure across all three competitions last year shows there is a huge interest in Irish rugby and all games will be available for fans to watch free to air. With the Men’s team looking to continue the momentum of their victories in the recent Autumn Internationals the stage is set for a really exciting tournament.”
Commenting, Head of RTÉ Sport, Declan McBennett said: “With this being a great year for rugby, there is added excitement about this year’s Six Nations which RTÉ is once again bringing to sports fans all over the country free-to-air along with Virgin Media Ireland as part of our historic partnership which we launched last year. It’s going to be a huge year for Irish rugby and we’re really looking forward to it.”
RTÉ’s comprehensive Six Nations Rugby coverage of all matches across the three tournaments includes exclusive free-to-air matches on RTÉ2, RTÉ Radio and RTÉ Player, while RTÉ.ie/Sport will have minute-by-minute match coverage alongside news, analysis and interviews and on @RTErugby.
Against The Head returns with the latest news and discussions on Monday nights on RTÉ2 and RTÉ sport will bring fans closer to all things Six Nations on The RTÉ Rugby Podcast. RTÉ News will have the latest coverage around the Six Nations, including updates on the RTÉ News Now app.
Virgin Media Television will broadcast live and exclusive coverage across Virgin Media One, Virgin Media Two and Virgin Media Player. Coverage will be live every weekend with weekly studio highlights, starting on Sunday at 8pm on Virgin Media Two. The weekly VMTV Rugby Podcast will keep you up to date with all things Six Nations.
There will also be updates across Virgin Media News bulletins and on the @VMSportIE Twitter page. If you miss any of the action Virgin Media More will have extended highlights of all the matches from the weekend throughout the week.
Guinness Six Nations Men’s Rugby coverage on RTÉ and Virgin Media Television is sponsored by Vodafone.