Scotland’s matches on the 2018 Summer Tour will be broadcast live on free-to-air TV it was confirmed today.
The national team will travel to the Americas for their Summer Tests this June with games against Canada, USA and Argentina taking place on consecutive Saturdays.
The North American Tests against Canada on Saturday 9 June (kick-off 7pm, Sunday 2am UK time) and USA on Saturday 16 June (kick-off 8pm, Sunday 2am UK time) will be shown live on the BBC, with the final Test against Argentina on Saturday 23 June (kick-off 4.40pm, 8.40pm UK time) aired on Channel 4.
Scottish Rugby Chief Operating Officer, Dominic McKay, said: “We’re delighted to have secured live, free-to-air coverage of all Scotland summer Tests across the UK and are particularly pleased to welcome a relatively new entrant into the rugby market, Channel 4, into the stable of Scottish rugby broadcasters showing national team Test matches.”
Tom Connor, Editor Sport, BBC Scotland, said: “The Scotland summer tour matches are always a great opportunity to see how we fare against less familiar international teams so we’re delighted to be showing the matches against both Canada and the USA.”
Channel 4 Head of Sport, Stephen Lyle, said: “Scotland showed what they were capable of during the Six Nations, now there is much anticipation to see what they can do away from home against one of the worlds toughest teams. And with Gregor Townsend’s Scotland we know it will be entertaining.”
2019 Summer Test schedule revised
Scotland’s 2019 summer series of Test matches leading to Rugby World Cup 2019 have been revised, creating two pairs of back-to-back fixtures against opponents France and Georgia.
The four-match, Summer Test schedule will begin when Scotland travel to face France on Saturday 17 August, before hosting the return fixture at BT Murrayfield a week later (Saturday 24 August).
The first leg of the double header against Georgia follows on Saturday 31 August, where Scotland will be the first Tier 1 nation to face the Lelos on home soil at the Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi.
The national team will then complete its competitive preparations for RWC2019 on home soil, when they face Georgia on the weekend of Friday/Saturday 6/7 September at BT Murrayfield.
2018 Summer Tour
Saturday 9 June: Canada v Scotland; Commonwealth Stadium (kick-off 7pm, Sunday 2am UK time) – live on BBC
Saturday 16 June: USA v Scotland; BBVA Compass Stadium (kick-off 8pm, Sunday 2am UK time) – live on BBC
Saturday 23 June: Argentina v Scotland; Estadio Centenario (kick-off 4.40pm, 8.40pm UK time) – live on Channel 4
2019 Summer Test schedule
Saturday 17 August: France v Scotland; Venue TBC (kick-off TBC)
Saturday 24 August: Scotland v France; BT Murrayfield (kick-off TBC)
Saturday 31 August: Georgia v Scotland; Dinamo Arena (kick-off TBC)
Weekend of Friday/Saturday 6/7 September: Scotland v Georgia; BT Murrayfield (kick-off TBC)