Setanta Sports is to broadcast both the European Rugby Champions Cup (ERCC) and the European Rugby Challenge Cup on BT Sport. The deal means Setanta Sports subscribers in the Republic of Ireland can view 35 live matches on BT Sport as part of the Setanta Sports pack. It will include half of the televised pool games, two quarter-finals and one semi-final exclusively live. The final will be broadcast live on BT Sport and Sky Sports.
The deal was confirmed as part of the new plan to replace the Heineken Cup and means that this will be the first time the Premier European Rugby tournament will be shown on a broadcaster other than Sky Sports. In all, 70 live games will be shown in the European Rugby Champions Cup with 35 of those on BT Sport. There will be 10 live games per round in the group stages and all the games after the group stages will be shown live.
The tournament includes a play-off game in May to decide on the final places for the ERCC.