DAZN, the live and on-demand sport streaming service, has landed the exclusive rights to the prestigious Heineken Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup (EPCR) for the next four seasons. Starting from the 2018/ 2019 season, DAZN becomes the exclusive home of over 70 EPCR matches per season live and on-demand for DAZN users in Canada, Germany, Austria, Japan, Switzerland and Italy.
Commencing on 12 October 2018, DAZN will broadcast every round in the Heineken Champions Cup pool stage, quarter-final, semi-final and final, as well as, selected pool stage match and all quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of the European Challenge Cup.
“We’re thrilled to bring two more world-class rugby tournaments to DAZN customers in six different countries as part of their existing subscription,” said Jacopo Tonoli, Chief Commercial Officer of DAZN Group. “ DAZN is thriving as a better and fairer way to watch the best sport, anytime, on any device – and making more premium tournaments such as The Heineken Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup available to watch at an affordable price is at the heart of our vision.”
EPCR Director General Vincent Gaillard said: “The Heineken Champions Cup is a premium tournament at the very pinnacle of club rugby across the world, so this partnership with an innovative streaming provider of sport in DAZN is excellent news for fans across these different territories. As European club rugby goes from strength to strength, so access to the live action also improves and adds a high-quality viewing experience to the best possible on-field product. The exposure of the Challenge Cup in Italy is particularly vital to fans there as we have seen excellent developments there recently for their clubs participating in that tournament this season.”
The 2018/2019 EPCR season begins on 12 October 2018 with European Challenge Cup final on 10 May 2019, and Heineken Champions Cup final on 11 May 2019.