Interprovincial Women’s Rugby Championship To Be Televised For The First Time In History

TG4 have added yet another groundbreaking move of women’s sport coverage to their repertoire this week as they announced they will be airing all six matches of the Vodafone Women’s Interprovincial Championship via “Rugbai Beo.”
Free to view on the channel as well as BBC iPlayer (for the three Ulster Rugby fixtures), Irish Rugby are making sure to live up to the commitments vowed to in their #NothingLikeIt campaign.

Thoughts on the announcement that @SportTG4 will be showing all the women’s Interpros games this year via @Rugbai_BEO

1. @TG4TV are and have for well over a decade been at the forefront of showing women’s teams sports in Ireland. 1/
— IrishWomensRugbySupportersClub (@IrishWomens) August 17, 2021

Speaking on the announcement, IRFU Women’s Development Manager Amanda Greensmith said the organisation is “very excited” about the agreement and that it’s “a competition that has been sorely missed from the sporting calendar over the past two years and we’re delighted that Vodafone are on board to help take us to new heights.”
“As we continue to promote our message of #NothingLikeIt, it presents a fresh opportunity to attract women and girls to rugby. We can’t wait to see the women of our four proud provinces return to action.”

TG4’s Head of Sport Rónán Ó Coisdealbha also added his tuppence to the conversation in that he remarked the company were “delighted” to be involved in the movement, as is Neil Brittain the Executive Editor BBC Sport NI who said he is “pleased” with the partnership.
“We look forward to showing the Ulster matches on BBC iPlayer and to telling the story of the players representing their Province across TV, radio and online” he said.
“We are also committed to ensuring that this competition becomes a permanent part of the broadcast schedule going forward.”

Vodafone Women’s Interprovincial Championship Fixtures

Craobhchomórtas Idirchúige na mBan Vodafone 2021 @TG4TV is delighted to bring the 2021 Vodafone Women’s Interprovincial Championship to Irish television viewers for the very first time.@IrishRugby @Munsterrugby @connachtrugby @leinsterrugby @UlsterRugby @VodafoneIreland

— Spórt TG4 (@SportTG4) August 17, 2021

Saturday August 28th, 2021
Connacht v Leinster, The Sportsground, 14:30 (TG4)
Ulster v Munster, Kingspan Stadium, 16:45 (TG4, BBC iPlayer)
Saturday September 4th, 2021
Leinster v Ulster, Energia Park, 17:00 (TG4, BBC iPlayer)
Munster v Connacht, Musgrave Park, 19:30  (TG4)
Saturday September 11th, 2021
Connacht v Ulster, Energia Park, 17:00 (TG4, BBC iPlayer)
Leinster v Munster, Energia Park, 19:30 (TG4)

Alanna Cunnane

Alanna is a Journalism student in Dublin City University and is passionate about all sport - in particular Ladies Football and Soccer! Alanna has made contributions to Ocean FM, the Final Whistle, the Sligo Champion and the Connacht Telegraph! She even has hosts her own podcast called 'Are You Still Listening?'
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