C4 to air Rugby World Cup warm-ups

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Channel 4 will broadcast live coverage of Grand Slam winners Wales when they take on England and Ireland this August.

The three nations will face each other at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium as part of their preparation for the Rugby World Cup which begins on September 20th. The reigning Six Nations Champions play England on August 17th and then go on to face Ireland on August 31st.

Joe Blake-Turner, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, Sport, said: ““We’re delighted to be working with the Grand Slam winners once again and look forward to Warren Gatland’s men laying down markers against Ireland and England. It promises to be an intriguing summer of rugby for fans of all nations ahead of the Rugby World Cup.”

Welsh Rugby Union Chief Executive Martyn Phillips said: “We will be delighted to welcome Channel 4 to Cardiff and join their portfolio of rugby programming this summer. Our experience working with them during last year’s summer tour in Argentina and for the game against South Africa in USA was hugely positive and, of course, their coverage of Heineken Champions Cup rugby is highly regarded.

Channel 4 will also broadcast Ireland’s match up against Wales live from Dublin on September 7th as well as live coverage of Ireland vs Italy on August 10th.


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