Wednesday, September 21st, 2016


Leicester Tigers v. Bath Rugby – Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

“They have surprised a lot of people with how well they’ve started. This game is a huge measuring stick for Bath.” – Analyst Alex Corbisiero

Streaming-Only Coverage on & the NBC Sports App – Bristol Rugby v. Exeter Chiefs on Friday at 2:45 p.m. ET, Northampton Saints v. Wasps on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – September 21, 2016 – NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2016-17 Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign continues this weekend, highlighted by a showdown between undefeated league-leader Bath Rugby v. Leicester Tigers on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

In addition to NBCSN’s coverage of Leicester-Bath, and the NBC Sports app will provide live, exclusive streaming coverage of a pair of matches this weekend, beginning on Friday at 2:45 p.m. ET, when Bristol Rugby host Exeter Chiefs. and the NBC Sports app will also stream Saturday’s match featuring Northampton Saints and Wasps at 10 a.m. ET.

NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey will anchor studio coverage for Sunday’s Leicester-Bath match on NBCSN. He will be joined by analyst and former Premiership Rugby player Alex Corbisiero, who played seven combined seasons for London Irish and Northampton Saints.

Bath are off to a hot start under new director of rugby Todd Blackadder, and are hoping to move to 4-0-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season. George Ford currently ranks second in the Premiership with 53 points, and Semesa Rokoduguni has three tries, tied for second.  Leicester Tigers (2-0-1) are coming off a 14-13 win in Round 3 over Newcastle Falcons after Joel Hodgson missed a potential game-winning drop-goal for Newcastle at the end of the match.

Corbisiero on Bath’s start and Sunday’s match vs. Leicester: “They have surprised a lot of people with how well they’ve started. This game is a huge measuring stick for Bath. They’ve gotten wins against two of the easier teams, and did a very professional job at Northampton in Round 1. If they can win Sunday’s match, they’re a real contender for the Top 4.”

Corbisiero’s outlook on the Premiership after Round 3: “Saracens are still winning, and this streak in such a competitive league is a testament to their ability to find ways to win, even when they don’t play their best. Is the gap closing? Who will be their challenger later in the year? Wasps and Bath appear to be the two who can give them a run, as well as Exeter, who have disappointed a bit with their start.”

Each weekend, NBC Sports Group will present the most compelling Premiership Rugby matches on the schedule, often preceding or following live coverage of Premier League soccer. The Premiership Rugby season will culminate with live coverage of the league Final on Saturday, May 27 on NBCSN.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s 2016-17 Aviva Premiership Rugby schedule through Round 8 of the season:

Date Coverage Time (ET) Network
Fri., Sept. 23 Bristol Rugby v. Exeter Chiefs 2:45 p.m. Streaming
Sat., Sept. 24 Northampton Saints v. Wasps 10 a.m. Streaming
Sun., Sept. 25 Leicester Tigers v. Bath Rugby* 7 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., Sept. 30 Northampton Saints v. Exeter Chiefs 2:45 p.m. Streaming
Sat., Oct. 1 Gloucester Rugby v. Bath Rugby* 8 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 2 Worcester Warriors v. Newcastle Falcons* 10:30 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., Oct. 7 Bath Rugby v. Sale Sharks 2:45 p.m. Streaming
Sat., Oct. 8 Harlequins v. Northampton Saints 10 a.m. NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 9 Saracens v. Wasps* 11 a.m. NBCSN
Fri., Oct. 28 Northampton Saints v. Gloucester Rugby 2:45 p.m. Streaming
Sat., Oct. 29 Saracens v. Leicester Tigers* 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 30 Exeter Chiefs v. Bath Rugby 10 a.m. Streaming
Fri., Nov. 18 Bath Rugby v. Bristol rugby 2:45 p.m. Streaming
Sun., Nov. 20 Sale Sharks v. Saracens 8 a.m. Streaming
  Leicester Tigers v. Harlequins 10 a.m. Streaming


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