Luther Burrell on the cahrge at the Stoop last season © Getty Images
Rugby News BT Sport to screen the Saints' trip to Quins FREE on Friday
Premiership Rugby today confirmed that this Friday's Aviva Premiership Rugby match between Harlequins and the Saints will be screened free on BT Sport regardless of whether people have subscribed.
BT Sport is offering the live game from the Twickenham Stoop on BT TV, Sky, Virgin and Freeview from 7pm-10pm on Friday, September 13th. Those who have subscribed to BT Sport already will be able to watch through their normal channels as well as by logging into the BT Sport website or App.
"At Premiership Rugby we are delighted that this Friday's game will be available through all the UK's major TV platforms and rugby fans everywhere should applaud the decision, as it brings more people into contact with top-flight club rugby,” said Premiership Rugby's Commercial Director, Dominic Hayes.
"We are very serious about growing the reach and appeal of the game and having this Aviva Premiership Rugby match free for all is an indication of the fact that BT Sport share our ambition. If the first weekend's matches are anything to go by then this is set to be a cracker.”
Viewers can watch Harlequins-Saints on BT TV (507/510/58), Sky (413/426), Virgin (547/549) and Freeview (57) from 7pm-10pm on this Friday, with kick off confirmed for 7:45pm. Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for those rugby fans, who haven't yet signed up to BT Sport to see just how good our coverage is. It's also a chance for those new to rugby to sample the action and be converted to the game.
"We want to bring the excitement of club rugby to as big an audience as possible. We are the new home of club rugby with exclusively live Aviva Premiership Rugby games across the season.”
BT Sport's rugby coverage will include several innovative and creative new elements in the presentation of live rugby, including interviews with players, directors of rugby and coaches during the game. The channel is also introducing dressing room cameras and new camera angles including a "Lineout Cam” –which can be lifted above the touch judge giving a great view of the lineout and the ball and "Kicking Cam” – this is a small remote camera which is placed behind the kicker giving a great new low angle from directly behind the kick.
Green continued: "We're very pleased with the coverage so far of the new Aviva Premiership Rugby season. We've begun trying out a few different ways to present the games and feedback has been very positive. We will use these innovations where it makes editorial sense and enhances the coverage.”
BT Sport's rugby team lines up with former England captain and British and Irish Lions star Lawrence Dallaglio, presenter Craig Doyle, ex-England and Lions internationals Matt Dawson, Ben Kay and Austin Healey are its expert pundits, and Sarra Elgan and ex-England star Martin Bayfield are reporters.
As well as exclusively live rugby on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, BT Sport's coverage includes a midweek rugby show – Rugby Tonight, which features debate, explanation and banter, in a light-hearted manner presented by Craig Doyle, Martin Bayfield, Sarra Elgan and Matt Dawson, with Ben Kay and Austin Healey as regular guests.
BT Sport is showing 69 live games per season from Aviva Premiership Rugby for four years from the start of the 2013/14 season. It is also showing the Premiership Rugby Sevens for four years, as well as two live matches a week from the French Top 14 league.