Rugby fans across the world can continue to enjoy watching stars of the global game in European club rugby’s blue riband tournament this weekend, with this season’s Heineken Champions Cup being beamed across the globe.
Leinster Rugby’s Champions Cup final triumph over Racing 92 in Bilbao last year was shown in 115 countries and access to the tournament recognised as ‘The One to Win’ is better than ever domestically in 2018/19. Leinster’s crunch Pool 1 home game against Toulouse on Saturday is the fifth free-to-air match in the United Kingdom (Channel 4) and Ireland (Virgin Media), in addition to the comprehensive coverage on BT Sport.
The new model in the UK and Ireland replicates that of coverage in France, where wide-ranging exposure to the live action through beIN SPORTS is supplemented by one live match per round through France Télévisions. In Round 5 this will also be Leinster-Toulouse.
Where else can you watch Europe’s elite club competition?
- In the United States, all Heineken Champions Cup matches will be available through NBC Sports Gold.
- DAZN has signed an agreement to take the tournament to audiences in Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and Switzerland. All Heineken Champions Cup matches will be live in Canada, Japan and Italy, and DAZN Italy will also show the Challenge Cup Round 5 match between Benetton Rugby and Agen in Treviso on Saturday.
- RugbyPass will take the action to audiences in both Australia and South-East Asia for the next four seasons.
- After a very successful Finals weekend in Spain, Telefonica continue their coverage in Round 5 with live coverage of Friday’s opener between Gloucester Rugby and Munster Rugby, Saturday’s Leinster-Toulouse and Scarlets-Leicester Tigers games, and Saracens’ trip to Lyon on Sunday.
- Spark will take the tournament to audiences in New Zealand until the end of the 2021/22 season and their partners, TVNZ Duke, will show two matches per weekend on free-to-air television. This weekend those are Gloucester-Munster and Saturday’s RC-Toulon-Edinburgh Rugby tie.
- SuperSport remains the rights holder of the tournament in Sub-Saharan Africa and this weekend six matches will be available to viewers there.
These are all the places you can watch this season’s Heineken Champions Cup:
BT Sport – United Kingdom and Ireland
Channel 4 – United Kingdon
Virgin Media – Ireland
beIN SPORTS – France
France Télévisions – France
NBC (including NBC Sports and NBC Sports Gold) – United States
DAZN – Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and Switzerland
ESPN Sur – Latin America
GO – Malta
RugbyPass – Australia and South-East Asia
Rugby TV – Georgia
Spark (TVNZ Duke) – New Zealand
SportsMax – Caribbean
Sport TV – Portugal
FloSports – Middle East and North Africa
SuperSport – Sub-Saharan Africa
Telefonica – Spain
Cyta – Cyprus
TV Arena Sport – Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia
European Rugby Challenge Cup live streaming:
Live coverage of the Benetton v Agen Round 5 tie will be available in the UK, France and Ireland on the EPCR site. Click HERE to access it.