The Autumn Nations Cup will air on Amazon Prime as the tech giant makes its first foray into rugby … while England’s clash against Ireland will be seen for free on Channel 4
- Amazon Prime has secured the broadcasting rights to the Autumn Nations Cup
- The renewed competition was set up amidst the coronavirus crisis in rugby
- Three games, including England v Ireland, will be broadcast for free on Channel 4
- Amazon said it was “excited and privileged” to work with the Six Nations
Amazon Prime will broadcast the Autumn Nations Cup emergency rugby tournament in November and December – with three of the 16 games available for free on Channel 4.
As Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Sunday, the internet giant has made its first foray into live rugby and will be showing all matches except Ireland’s pool games against Wales and Georgia, which will be televised.
England v Ireland will be broadcast on both Channel 4 and Prime on November 21.
Amazon has taken its first steps into rugby by winning rights to the Autumn Nations Cup
The English clash against Ireland on November 21 will be broadcast on both Prime and Channel 4
Mostly England’s fall games are shown by Sky Sports, whose deal expired this summer, but Amazon won the bid for this revamped competition set up after the Southern Hemisphere giants refused to travel to Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Amazon subscribers can watch the tournament at no additional cost to their Prime membership, and coverage is led by Gabby Logan and South African legend Bryan Habana.
“We are delighted and privileged to work with Six Nations Rugby and the eight participating unions to bring this new tournament on Prime Video to viewers in the UK,” said Alex Green, MD Prime Video Sport Europe.
England starts the renewed tournament with a game against Georgia minnows
“It is a unique event that will bring a new level of competitiveness to international rugby in the fall and will give something back to all fans who missed the highest level of rugby.
“We offer delectable clashes with the best international teams in the Northern Hemisphere exclusively to UK Prime members at no additional cost to their membership.”
Ben Morel, CEO Six Nations Rugby commented, “ We are delighted to welcome Amazon Prime Video on board as a broadcast partner for the Autumn Nations Cup, and having such a great global player demonstrating their commitment to rugby is a great endorsement for our game. . .
Amazon Prime Video has already built a reputation for delivering quality production in live sports, which we have seen through their coverage of the Premier League, ATP and WTA Tennis and NFL. We are very excited about their initial plans for the Autumn Nations Cup and are convinced that rugby fans will thoroughly enjoy the coverage. ‘
Amazon has already seen a successful attempt to host Premier League matches last season
Channel 4 already has rights to a number of Heineken Champions Cup games and has shown Wales and Ireland Tests in the past.
Pete Andrews, Head of Sports at Channel 4, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Amazon to bring rugby fans this fantastic tournament. It’s exciting to offer top-notch live international rugby on Channel 4 and it’s great to launch the tournament live on Friday night with Ireland v Wales. Next week’s game against England and Ireland is a delightful prospect, live on Channel 4. ‘
The Autumn Nations Cup will consist of eight countries in two pools. England will take on Wales, Ireland and Georgia, and the other group includes France, Scotland, Italy and Fiji.
There is a set of pool matches and then a ‘finals weekend’ where teams play against the equal finisher in the other group.