RTÉ will broadcast eight Heineken Champions Cup games this season

RTÉ will broadcast one Heineken Champions Cup match per round in the upcoming season, including the final. The new deal will run for two seasons until the end of the 2023/24 season
RTÉ will broadcast eight Heineken Champions Cup games this season

DEFENDING CHAMPS: La Rochelle head coach Ronan O'Gara speaks to the media after last season's Champions Cup final. Pic: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

RTÉ will broadcast one Heineken Champions Cup match per round in the upcoming season, including the final.

The new deal will run for two seasons until the end of the 2023/24 season. 

RTÉ have confirmed that they will show two of Leinster and Munster's Champions Cup pool games this season.

The agreement sees RTÉ providing live free-to-air coverage of eight games per season across 2022-2024, one from each round.

RTÉ have confirmed that it will broadcast the following games live and free-to-air on RTÉ Two television and on RTÉ Player in 2022/2023:

Sunday December 11: 3.15pm KO Round One: Munster v Toulouse. 

Friday December 16: 8pm KO Round Two: Leinster v Gloucester.

Saturday January 14: 3.15pm KO Round Three: Munster v Northampton Saints. 

Saturday January 21: 3.15pm KO Round Four: Leinster v Racing 92.

RTÉ will broadcast live coverage of one game from each subsequent round up to and including the final in Dublin on Saturday May 20, 2023.

Declan McBennett, Group Head of Sport, RTÉ said: “The Heineken Champions Cup is a tournament that is much loved and followed by fans throughout the country. This agreement enables us to deliver live free-to-air coverage of the tournament over the next two seasons and to host broadcast the final this season which takes place in Dublin in May”.

RTÉ will also continue to cover the Heineken Champions Cup on RTÉ Radio 1.

It was also revealed that BT Sport will continue to broadcast the competition which it has had the rights to since 2015.

As well as RTÉ, ITV and S4C have both agreed multi-year partnerships with EPCR.

"Broadcast partnerships are a massively important part of our strategy to bring our world-class competitions to even wider audiences, and we are very pleased with our partners in the UK and Ireland for the new cycle," said EPCR Chairman, Dominic McKay.

"Following on from what was a magnificent Finals weekend in Marseille last May, we are delighted to continue to work with BT Sport, who have delivered incredible coverage of, and audience growth for, our competitions. It is also significant that we welcome three free-to-air partners on board in ITV, RTÉ and S4C, who will boost our viewership and profile as South African clubs come into the EPCR fold.

"BT Sport, ITV, RTÉ and S4C represent four more exciting broadcast partnerships in the key markets of the UK and Ireland, and with beIN SPORTS and France Télévisions in France, SuperSport in South Africa and FloSports in the USA, we are looking forward to bringing the pinnacle of international club rugby to more audiences than ever before."

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