Ireland v Wales opens autumn rugby schedule

International rugby stars join Channel 4’s Autumn Nations Cup presentation team

Ireland v Wales opens autumn rugby schedule

Rory Best.

By Damian Mullan


By Damian Mullan


Thursday 12 November 2020 11:19

CHANNEL 4’s broadcast of the Autumn Nations Cup begins tomorrow evening (Friday) with live coverage of the opening clash between Ireland and Wales.

A host of former internationals from England, Ireland and Wales will feature in coverage of the tournament which also includes free to air live coverage of England’s match up with Ireland.

Former international captains Sam Warburton and Rory Best will be part of Channel 4’s presentation line up for the crucial opener this Friday which sees Ireland taking on Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland’s most decorated player Rob Kearney will join fellow Irishman and former scrum half Peter Stringer pitch side while Wales’ former superstar winger Shane Williams joins Miles Harrison in the commentary box.

Coverage on Channel 4 - the only place where viewers can enjoy free to air television coverage of the entire tournament - begins at 6.30pm with kick off at 7pm.

Channel 4’s live matches also include Ireland’s clash with Georgia on 29 November. In addition to three live matches, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights from all rounds of the eight-team tournament.

Lee Mckenzie leads Channel 4’s presentation throughout and she’ll be joined for the live England Ireland game by former England internationals Chris Ashton and James Haskell and former Irish captain Rory Best. Women’s England World Cup Champion and Six Nations winner Nolli Waterman joins Harlequins coach and former Irish international Jerry Flannery in the commentary box.

Live coverage of Ireland’s game against Georgia (29.11.20) will feature Rory Best, Jerry Flannery, Rob Kearney, Peter Stringer and former England international Alex Corbisiero.

After playing other teams in their pool, the leaders of each table will play each other in a final. A finals weekend will also see the second placed teams of both groups play each other, both third placed teams play and so on. The coverage is being produced for Channel 4 by Sunset + Vine Wales.


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