talkSPORT will air the Rugby Fall Nations series for the first time on the network from 30 October. Coverage will include 50 special matches to be broadcast over the next three years, featuring a talented rugby team.
The new audio rights follow coverage of talkSPORT’s Lions Tour this summer, as players return to their specific countries to compete in international matches taking place in the UK, Ireland, France and Italy.
Murrayfield is where the action begins – and talkSPORT will be the heart of it
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The England team will have a different experience in these matches, with head coach Eddie Jones dropping some impressive players
Of the 16 matches with live commentary this fall, coverage will be provided by a first-class team that has accumulated nearly 400 caps between them, including former England striker Ben Kay, England international Rachel Burford, second best scorer in Wales. Trials included. , George North and Scotland’s all-time leading scorer, Chris Patterson MBE.
They will be accompanied by live commentary from talkSPORT’s Andrew McKenna, former Channel 4 rugby commentator, Miles Harrison, Alfie Reynolds, Russell, Hargreaves and Stuart MacFarlane, along with presenters Hugh Wuzhencroft, Craig Doyle, Tim Cocker and Sheban Ahern.
Smith played for England in July and entered the fall team at George Ford’s expense.
There will be plenty of bespoke content throughout the month for all rugby fans to enjoy. In addition to matches with live commentary, in-depth previews will be available on talkSPORT’s flagship shows, as well as tournament-specific YouTube content, as well as informative and interesting articles and blogs on the talkSPORT website.
talkSPORT manager Lee Clayton said: “TalkSPORT has a strong reputation in rugby and we are excited to expand our coverage through the Fall Nations Series. As a network, we are fan-driven, and are dedicated to the development of former internationals and firsts. Our experienced team of class rugby commentators will provide fans with all the information, analysis and feedback they need during an engaging month of action.
New Zealand’s iconic Haka will be heard on talkSPORT when they face Wales on 30 October
Six Nations Rugby CEO Ben Morrell said: “We are looking forward to starting this partnership with talkSPORT. They have award-winning credentials in live sports coverage and we really can’t wait to hear from their coverage . “
talkSPORT specialist Ben Kay said: “I am delighted to be part of our Fall Nations rugby team on talkSPORT. Rugby.”
Tune in for all live coverage of Fall Nations by talkSPORT, starting 30 October with Scotland vs Tonga on talkSPORT 2 in Murrayfield at 2:30pm, followed by Wales vs New Zealand at 5:15pm. Listen to 1089 or 1053 AM, DAB, online or via the app.
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