The European Cups are coming, albeit a little European
The first weekend of European Cups: From December 9, the Challenge and Champions Cup will delight exciting weekends with plenty of top-level rugby hitting Italian and non-Italian television screens.
The European Cups will be a little more international and a little more European this year, with the United Rugby Championship’s South African franchises and the Cheetahs combining French, English, Italian, Irish, Welsh and Scottish teams into their programme. Competitions.
In Italy, the Challenge and Champions Cup will be on TV on Sky Sports channels, while streaming viewing will now be offered.
The first day of the Challenge Cup will see two matches of Italian teams broadcast in Italy: on Friday Benetton will challenge Stade Française at Jean Bouin in Paris at 21:00; The next day, at the same time, Sébre on the field against Toulon inside the friendly walls of Llanfranchi.
This will be the fifth challenge for Benetton and Stade Française against each other: four wins for the French, but chronologically the last in green and white, 44-20 in December 2020.
Zebr and Toulon were in the same group in the last Challenge Cup and their match at Stade Mayol ended 28-14 a year ago.
In order to qualify, Italian teams need to finish in the top six of their respective groups at the end of the first four days.
As for the Champions League, there will be three matches broadcast by Sky: the sidereal challenge between Racing 92 and Leinster, kick-off at 14:00; Sunday is a double appointment with Sail Sharks-Ulster at 14:00, followed by Munster-Toulouse at 16:15.
Also, all the matches in the Challenge and Champions Cup will be played EPCR TV The cost is €4.99 per match, and €19.99 for the full package of matches throughout the week.
Update 9/12: From the 2022/2023 season, Challenge Cup matches involving Italian teams Benetton and Seabre will also be available to subscribers of Eleven Sports, the streaming platform that already broadcasts the Top 10 and Women’s Excellence matches. Broadcasting will start from day one with Stade Francis-Bennett and Sébrey-Toulon.
First Day TV of Champions Cup and Challenge Cup
Friday 9 December
Ore 21:00 – Stade Francaise v Benetton Rugby, Challenge Cup – Sky Sports Arena, Now, EPCR TV, Eleven Sports
Saturday 10 December
Ore 14:00 – Racing 92 v Leinster, Champions Cup – Sky Sports Arena, Now, EPCR TV, Eleven Sports
Ore 21:00 – Zebre v Toulon, Challenge Cup – Sky Sports Arena, now EPCR TV
Sunday, December 11
Ore 14:00 – Sail Sharks-Ulster, Champions Cup – Sky Sport Arena, now e EPCR TV
Ore 16.15 – Munster-Tolosa, Champions Cup – Sky Sports Action, now eEPCR TV
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