TNT Sports adds Allianz Premiership Women’s Rugby
November 8, 2023
Allianz Premiership Women’s Rugby will be shown on TNT Sports in a new agreement that will see more than 20 matches broadcast live on linear and digital platforms this season. The multi-year deal kicks off on TNT Sports 1 and discovery+ on November 18th when Sale Sharks visit Bristol Bears.
TNT Sports’ coverage of Premiership Women’s Rugby will showcase the best of women’s rugby, broadcasting one match each weekend this season, as well as both semi-finals and the final (on June 22nd 2024).
The live action will be complemented by extensive coverage on discovery+ and the TNT Sports App, offering video highlights, match reports, and in-depth interviews.
The re-launched competition will feature nine sides from across the country for the 2023-24 season – Bristol Bears, Exeter Chiefs, last year’s champions Gloucester Hartpury, Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, Loughborough Lightning, Sale Sharks, Saracens and Trailfinders Women. This league will feature the best players in English rugby including Marlie Packer, Abby Dow and Zoe Aldcroft and world stars like Beatrice Rigoni, who has signed for Sale Sharks and both US and Canada captains Kate Zackary and Sophie de Goede.
Belinda Moore, Chief Executive of Premiership Women’s Rugby, commented: “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. 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.”
Scott Young, SVP Content & Production at Warner Bros. Discovery Sports Europe, added: “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. 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.”