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Aviva Premiership set for first match live on terrestrial TV

Premiership Rugby can today confirm that history will be made at Twickenham Stadium on 30 December when Harlequins v Northampton Saints will be the League’s first match to be broadcast live on terrestrial TV.

In a landmark moment for the sport the match will be simulcast on BT Sport and Channel 5, the first of five matches to be shown by the terrestrial broadcaster this season.

The match comes as part of a new four-year deal, which includes a Sunday evening highlights programme at 8pm showcasing the best of Aviva Premiership Rugby.


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Channel 5’s coverage will be presented by Mark Durden-Smith and former England prop David Flatman, with “Flats” also supporting broadcaster Connor McNamara on commentary duties.

David Flatman said “There’s always a huge buzz during the festive period when the fans turn out in big numbers at Twickenham. It’s a privilege to see in the New Year with some of the top performers in a head to head battle.”

British Hockey Olympic Gold Medalist Sam Quek and former Northampton and England International Paul Grayson complete Channel 5’s team.


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