Channel 4 has teamed with Amazon Prime on the rights to the Autumn Nations Cup rugby tournament and will show live coverage of England vs Ireland in November.

Channel 4 will also show live coverage of the inaugural competition’s opening match between Ireland and Wales. In addition to three live matches, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights from all the rounds of the eight-team tournament after striking the deal with main rights holder Amazon Prime Video.

The Autumn Nations Cup has been lined up to replace the autumn rugby internationals which have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The competition opens on Friday, 13th November, when Ireland take on Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin live on Channel 4. The cup competition will be held over four weeks and features all Six Nations teams – England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales – who will be joined by Georgia and Fiji.

Channel 4’s Head of Sport Pete Andrews said: “We’re delighted to have teamed up with Amazon to bring rugby fans this fantastic tournament. It’s thrilling to be offering first class live international rugby on Channel 4 and it’s great to be launching the tournament live on a Friday night with Ireland v Wales. The England Ireland match-up the following week is a mouth-watering prospect live on Channel 4.

 

Jon Creamer