In a move to grow viewership in women’s club rugby, TNT Sports has agreed a three-year deal to showcase Allianz Premiership Women’s Rugby to a growing audience. More than 20 matches will be aired live on the channel, that is also the current home of men’s Premiership Rugby.
TNT Sports will show one match from Premiership Women’s Rugby per weekend, and include full coverage of the decisive semi-final and final fixtures. TNT is steadily becoming the home of rugby as a subscription service, as the platform will also host the 2023/24 Investec Champions Cup and EPR Challenge Cup competitions.
Belinda Moore, Chief Executive of Premiership Women’s Rugby said to England Rugby: “This is a pivotal moment in the history of women’s club rugby in England, as we will see at least 21 Premiership Women’s Rugby matches broadcast live on TNT Sports and discovery+ this season.
“For the first time, this ground-breaking partnership with TNT Sports will allow us to create an appointment to view each weekend for our fans and clubs, fundamentally changing the profile of the league. Research from the Women’s Sports Trust shows there are 1.5 million committed women’s rugby fans in the UK, which shows the potential of this partnership.
“We know the standard of rugby played in Premiership Women’s Rugby is exceptional and over the coming season, a huge number of people will enjoy their first taste of the League, to share our passion for the competition.
“We are ambitious to deliver significant growth in women’s rugby in England as we head towards Women’s World Cup 2025 and this partnership with TNT Sports will help us deliver that goal.”
The first match of the 2023/24 Premiership Women’s Rugby season to air on TNT Sports, will be Bristol Bears Women vs Sale Sharks Women on Saturday November 18th. The competition has undergone a re-brand following the 2022/23 campaign that was won by Gloucester-Hartpury. The ‘Premier 15s’ name is no more, with the name changed finalised ahead of the upcoming season.
The re-launched competition will feature nine sides from across the country for the 2023/24 season: Bristol Bears, Exeter Chiefs, Gloucester Hartpury, Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, Loughborough Lightning, Sale Sharks, Saracens and Ealing Trailfinders Women.