NBC Sports Begins Premiership Rugby Broadcasts This Weekend

September 1, 2016

NBC Sports Begins Premiership Rugby Broadcasts This Weekend


Logo: Aviva Premiership Rugby

NBC Sports Group Release, August 31, 2016

STAMFORD, Conn. – NBC Sports Group begins its inaugural season of Aviva Premiership Rugby coverage this weekend, presenting the first of more than 70 combined Premiership Rugby matches that will be televised on NBCSN and streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app during the 2016-17 campaign.

NBCSN’s coverage begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET, when defending champion Saracens face Worcester Warriors at Twickenham Stadium in London. NBCSN’s coverage continues on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET, when Wasps host 2015-16 runners-up Exeter Chiefs at Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

In addition to NBCSN’s telecasts, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will provide live, exclusive streaming coverage of a pair of matches this weekend, beginning on Friday at 2:45 p.m. ET, when Gloucester Rugby host Leicester Tigers. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will also stream Saturday’s match featuring Harlequins vs. Bristol Rugby at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Each weekend, NBC Sports Group will present the most compelling Premiership Rugby matches on the schedule, often preceding or following live coverage of Premier League soccer. The Premiership Rugby season will culminate with live coverage of the league Final on Saturday, May 27 on NBCSN. Click here to watch NBC Sports Group’s Aviva Premiership Rugby theatrical trailer previewing the 2016-17 campaign.

NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey will serve as the studio host for NBCSN’s Premiership Rugby coverage. He will be joined by analyst and former Premiership Rugby player Alex Corbisiero, who played seven combined seasons for London Irish and Northampton Saints.

Alastair Eykyn, Lawrence Dallaglio, and Ugo Monye will call the match featuring Saracens and Worcester on Saturday, while Nick Mullins, Dallaglio, and Austin Healey will have the call for Wasps vs. Exeter on Sunday.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s 2016-17 Aviva Premiership Rugby schedule through Round 8 of the season:

DateCoverageTime (ET)Network
Fri., Sept. 2Gloucester Rugby vs. Leicester Tigers2:45 p.m.Streaming
Sat., Sept. 3Saracens vs. Worcester Warriors*9:30 a.m.NBCSN
Harlequins vs. Bristol Rugby11:30 a.m.Streaming
Sun., Sept. 4Wasps vs. Exeter Chiefs*10:30 a.m.NBCSN
Fri., Sept. 9Worcester Warriors vs. Gloucester Rugby2:45 p.m.Streaming
Sat., Sept. 10Leicester Tigers vs. Wasps10 a.m.Streaming
Sun., Sept. 11Exeter Chiefs vs. Saracens2 p.m.NBCSN
Fri., Sept. 16Sale Sharks vs. Gloucester Rugby2:45 p.m.Streaming
Sat., Sept. 17Saracens vs. Northampton Saints10 a.m.Streaming
Sun., Sept. 18Newcastle vs. Leicester Tigers10 a.m.Streaming
Fri., Sept. 23Bristol Rugby vs. Exeter Chiefs2:45 p.m.Streaming
Sat., Sept. 24Northampton Saints vs. Wasps10 a.m.Streaming
Sun., Sept. 25Leicester Tigers vs. Bath Rugby*7 p.m.NBCSN
Fri., Sept. 30Northampton Saints vs. Exeter Chiefs2:45 p.m.Streaming
Sat., Oct. 1Gloucester Rugby vs. Bath Rugby*8 p.m.NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 2Worcester Warriors vs. Newcastle Falcons*10:30 p.m.NBCSN
Fri., Oct. 7Bath Rugby vs. Sale Sharks2:45 p.m.Streaming
Sat., Oct. 8Harlequins vs. Northampton Saints10 a.m.NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 9Saracens vs. Wasps*11 a.m.NBCSN
Fri., Oct. 28Northampton Saints vs. Gloucester Rugby2:45 p.m.Streaming
Sat., Oct. 29Saracens vs. Leicester Tigers*3:30 p.m.NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 30Exeter Chiefs vs. Bath Rugby10 a.m.Streaming
Fri., Nov. 18Bath Rugby vs. Bristol Rugby2:45 p.m.Streaming
Sun., Nov. 20Sale Sharks vs. Saracens8 a.m.Streaming
Leicester Tigers vs. Harlequins10 a.m.Streaming

*denotes same-day delay

PREMIERSHIP RUGBY ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP: NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming of all Premiership Rugby matches airing on NBCSN, as well as exclusive streaming coverage of matches each week, via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app are powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.


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