RUGBY UNION: Heineken Cup Final 2013 – Clermont Auvergne v Toulon – Live on Sky Sports & Sky 3D

May 13, 2013

The 2013 Heineken Cup Final is an all French affair as Clermont Auvernge take on Toulon in Dublin, and with neither team having won it before, a new name will be enscribed onto the famous trophy.

In the eyes of many experts and fans, Clermont are the team to beat, but at their best the star-studded Toulon side, led by 2003 England World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson, are a match for any team in the competition.

Sky Sports will have exclusive live coverage of the showpiece final at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, May 18, which will also be broadcast on Sky 3D and terrestrial highlights will be shown on S4C.

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RUGBY UNION: Heineken Cup 2012/13 – Semi Finals – Live on Sky Sports

April 23, 2013

As the 2012/13 Heineken Cup campaign heads towards a thrilling climax, just four sides are left in the hunt for domestic club rugby union’s most coveted prize.

Surprise package Munster will make the daunting trip to Top 14 leaders Clermont on Saturday, April 27, while Saracens will take on big-spending Toulon at Twickenham on Sunday, April 28.

Two sides will book their place in next month’s final at the Aviva Stadoum this weekend as both semi-finals are played out exclusively live on Sky Sports HD, along with the semi-finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup.

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RUGBY UNION: Heineken Cup 2012/13 – Quarter Finals – Live on Sky Sports

April 2, 2013

Eight sides reignite their ambitions for European glory as the knockout stages of the 2012/13 Heineken Cup take place this weekend.

Three teams from France, three from England and two from Ireland remain to battle it out for a lucrative place in the semi-finals of European rugby union’s ultimate prize.

All four Heineken Cup last-eight ties will be shown exclusively live on Sky Sports HD, forming part of an unmissable weekend of knockout European rugby.

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RUGBY UNION: Sky Sports announces new four-year European rugby deal

September 12, 2012

Sky Sports has announced a new four-year deal with the ERC for exclusive live coverage of the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup.

The extended contract starts in the autumn of 2014, and will extend the long-standing relationship with the ERC to the end of the 2017/2018 season, a 15th year.

ERC’s new deal with Sky comes on the same day that BT won exclusive rights to screen Aviva Premiership matches from 2013, as well as selected matches from European competitions involving English clubs from 2014, but this part of the agreement has been questioned by the ERC who claim that it breaches International Rugby Board (IRB) regulations.

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RUGBY UNION: BT wins exclusive Premiership rights

September 12, 2012

BT and Premiership Rugby have announced one of the biggest broadcast deals in the history of English club rugby, signing a contract worth up to £152 million for a range of exclusive live rights over a four year period.

In a ground-breaking new broadcast deal, BT will have the exclusive live rights to show Aviva Premiership Rugby for the next four years, as well as the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Sevens series, from the 2013/14 season.

BT has also been given exclusive rights to matches played by Premiership clubs in any future European competitions from 2014/15 for three years, though this part of the deal has been questioned by the ERC, the organisers of both premier European club competitions, who claim that the English Premiership’s governing body does not have the authority to distribute the rights.

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RUGBY UNION: Heineken Cup Final 2012 – Live on Sky Sports

May 14, 2012

Ulster take on defending champions Leinster in an all-Irish Heineken Cup final this Saturday, exclusively live on Sky Sports.

Twickenham will host the showpiece of European club rugby’s biggest competition for the first time in five years, and is one of four live cup finals to be shown on Sky Sports on the same day and will be complemented by Sky’s 3D cameras.

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