Virgin Media Television and RTÉ have announced a partnership to broadcast the 2023 Rugby World Cup free-to-air in Ireland.
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With a previous agreement between the broadcasters for the men’s, women’s and Under-20 Six Nations tournaments, the latest deal will ensure that every game of the tournament in France will be broadcast live on Irish television through RTÉ television, RTÉ Player, and Virgin Media Television and Virgin Media Player.
With the Rugby World Cup final being broadcast simultaneously on RTÉ and Virgin Media, Ireland’s matches will be shared across the broadcasters.
Ireland’s games will also be broadcast live on RTÉ radio.
In the opening match of the World Cup, France will play New Zealand at the Stade de France on 8 September. Andy Farrell’s side will play Romania the following day.
In Pool B, Ireland will also face South Africa, Scotland, and Tonga.
On Saturday, 28 October, the World Cup final will be held.
“Over the last number of years, we have been focused on acquiring sports rights to ensure that our national games and our national teams in action are shared with the widest possible audience,” RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes said.
“We are delighted to make this latest agreement with World Rugby ensuring that the entire Rugby World Cup tournament is brought to Irish audiences free to air across RTÉ and Virgin Media Television.
“It’s the jewel in the crown of international rugby and given the Irish team’s phenomenal performance, the excitement is building towards September. It’s a fantastic result that ensures Irish audiences won’t miss any of the action.”