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Thursday, May 17th, 2018

NBC SPORTS PRESENTS LIVE COVERAGE OF THE AVIVA PREMIERSHIP RUGBY SEMIFINALS THIS SATURDAY ON NBCSN

Live Coverage Begins With Saracens v. Wasps Saturday at 7:25 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Defending Premiership Rugby Champion Exeter Chiefs Face Newcastle Falcons at 10:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Both Matches Stream Live and Commercial-Free on NBC Sports Gold’s Rugby Pass

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 17, 2018 – NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2017-18 Aviva Premiership Rugby season continues this weekend with live coverage of the league semifinal matches on NBCSN, highlighted by Saracens v. Wasps this Saturday at 7:25 a.m. ET.

NBCSN’s doubleheader continues at 10:30 a.m. ET, when the defending Premiership Rugby champion Exeter Chiefs face Newcastle Falcons, who advance to the semifinal for the first time since winning the inaugural Premiership Rugby title in 1997-98.

The winners of these matches will advance to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on Saturday, May 26, which will air live on NBCSN at 9:30 a.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 both matches. 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 both 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), and former USA Rugby captain and Premiership Rugby player Dan Lyle.

SARACENS V. WASPS – SATURDAY AT 7:25 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

Saracens (16-0-6) are seeking their third Premiership title in the last four years, while Wasps (14-1-7) are in search of their first since 2007-08. Saracens and Wasps finished second and third, respectively, in the Premiership during the regular season. Saracens led the league in points for (731), while Wasps ranked third (615).  Saracens defeated Wasps in both regular season meetings, including a 38-15 victory on Jan. 7.


EXETER V. NEWCASTLE – SATURDAY AT 10:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

Exeter Chiefs look to defend their Premiership title on Saturday after finishing the regular season with the most wins (17) and ranking near the top in several major statistical categories, including points for (2nd) and differential (2nd). Newcastle’s semifinal berth marks the first playoff appearance in club history, after winning the Premiership title in 1997-98, which preceded the playoff system. This is the first time Newcastle has finished higher than sixth since 2001-02. Newcastle defeated Exeter, 28-20, in their last match on Jan. 7.

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 Semifinal 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 Premiership Rugby schedule

Date Coverage Time (ET) Network
Sat., May 19 Semifinals – Saracens v. Wasps* 7:25 a.m. NBCSN
  Premiership Rugby Live 9:30 a.m. NBCSN
  Semifinals – Exeter v. Newcastle* 10:30 a.m. NBCSN

*Also available on NBC Sports Gold

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