FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 21st, 2017
NBCSN PRESENTS THREE AVIVA PREMIERSHIP RUGBY MATCHES THIS WEEKEND, HIGHLIGHTED BY LIVE COVERAGE OF LEICESTER TIGERS V. SARACENS SUNDAY AT 10 A.M. ET
First-Place Exeter Chiefs Host Northampton Saints – Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NBCSN’s Coverage Begins Friday at 6 p.m. ET with Worcester Warriors v. London Irish
NBC Sports Gold “Rugby Pass” to Provide Live, Commercial-Free Coverage of the Events
STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 21, 2017 – NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2017-18 Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign continues this weekend with a trio of Round 11 matches on NBCSN, highlighted by live coverage of Leicester Tigers versus Saracens Sunday at 10 a.m. ET.
NBCSN’s coverage on Saturday begins at 12:30 p.m. ET, when first-place Exeter Chiefs hosts Northampton Saints, preceded by Worcester Warriors versus London Irish on Friday at 6 p.m. ET.
In addition to NBCSN’s coverage, NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Group’s premium-subscription product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will offer viewers live, on-demand, and commercial-free streaming of all six matches set to be played, beginning Friday with Worcester-London at 2:45 p.m. ET. Click here for more information.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming of all Premiership Rugby matches airing on NBCSN.
NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey will anchor studio coverage for all three matches airing this weekend on NBCSN. He will be joined by analyst and former Premiership Rugby player Alex Corbisiero, who played for both the London Irish (2008-13) and Northampton Saints (2013-16).
LEICESTER TIGERS V. SARACENS – SUNDAY AT 10 A.M. ET ON NBCSN
Leicester Tigers have won five of their last seven games, including a 20-13 victory over first-place Exeter on Sept. 30. Saracens, currently ranked third in the overall standings, began the season 6-1, but have since lost three consecutive games.
NORTHAMPTON SAINTS V. EXETER CHIEFS – SATURDAY AT 12:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Northampton is 9-5-0 all-time against Exeter, though the Chiefs defeated the Saints, 36-12, in their most recent meeting last season on April 29. Exeter has won five consecutive games and is currently first in the overall standings a year after winning its first English Premiership during the 2016-17 campaign. The Saints are in the midst of a five-game losing streak.
WORCESTER WARRIORS V. LONDON IRISH – FRIDAY AT 6 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The Warriors have won two of their last three Aviva Premiership fixtures, including a 31-27 victory over Leicester on Nov. 27. London Irish look to snap a nine-game losing streak. This marks the first meeting of the season between the two clubs. Last season, Leicester defeated Worcester twice, including a 28-23 victory in May.
NBC SPORTS GOLD RUGBY PASS
NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer streaming product – previously launched its “Rugby Pass” for the 2017-18 season, giving fans in the U.S. live, on-demand and commercial-free access to premiere events, including every Premiership Rugby match, every match of the NatWest 6 Nations Championship, select Women’s Rugby World Cup matches, including the Semi-final and Final and the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, Calif. The “Rugby Pass” can be purchased for $59.99 by visiting NBCSportsGold.com.
Following is this weekend’s Aviva Premiership Rugby schedule:
|Fri., Dec. 22||Worcester v. London||2:45 p.m.||NBC Sports Gold|
|Worcester v. London*||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 23||Newcastle v. Harlequins||10 a.m.||NBC Sports Gold|
|Northampton v. Exeter||10 a.m.||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sale v. Bath Rugby||10 a.m.||NBC Sports Gold|
|Wasps v. Gloucester||10 a.m.||NBC Sports Gold|
|Northampton v. Exeter*||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., Dec. 24||Leicester v. Saracens||10 a.m.||NBC Sports Gold|
|Leicester v. Saracens*||10 a.m.||NBCSN|
*Denotes same-day delay
PREMIERSHIP RUGBY ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP: NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming of all Premiership Rugby matches airing on NBCSN, as well as exclusive streaming coverage of matches each week, via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
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