UK pay-television broadcaster TNT Sports has signed a landmark multi-year agreement to live stream more than 20 matches broadcast live in the Allianz Premiership Women’s Rugby.
The multi-year deal kicks off on TNT Sports 1 and discovery+ on November 18th when Sale Sharks visit Bristol Bears.
TNT Sports will be featuring the finest moments of women's rugby in their coverage of the Premiership Women's Rugby. This will include the broadcasting of one match every weekend throughout the season, as well as the two semi-finals and the grand final scheduled in June next year.
In addition to live coverage, viewers can also access a wealth of content on discovery+ and the TNT Sports App, including video highlights, comprehensive match reports, and in-depth interviews.
“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," said Chief Executive of Premiership Women’s Rugby Belinda Moore.
"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 competition will include nine teams Bristol Bears, Exeter Chiefs, last year’s champions Gloucester Hartpury, Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, Loughborough Lightning, Sale Sharks, Saracens and Trailfinders Women.
“We are delighted to able to bring live coverage of arguably the best women’s domestic rugby competition in the world to TNT Sports viewers," said SVP Content & Production at Warner Bros. Discovery Sports Europe Scott Young.
“There are many stories to be told across women’s rugby and we are delighted to partner with Premiership Women’s Rugby to tell these stories with a fresh approach that reflects the family-friendly, competitive nature of the competition.”