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European Rugby Champions Cup: BT and Sky round 1 and 2 matches

If you’re sick of the football hype and prefer an oval ball, don’t despair – BT Sport and Sky have both announced their line-ups for the new European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup.

BT will be showing English teams Saracens, Leicester, Wasps, Harlequins and Bath in the opening weekend, while Sky will get Sale Sharks, Ospreys and The Scarlets.

They will be showing all 20 games in Rounds 1 and 2 live, with both Sky and BT each showing 10 matches each, while rounds 3-6 yet to be divided up. At the end of the year, each broadcaster will have two quarter-finals and a semi-final, and the final will be shown on both BT Sport and Sky Sports.

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Grant Best, senior executive channel producer at BT Sport, said: “As well as being the home of the world leading Aviva Premiership, we’re delighted to be adding coverage of Europe’s premier rugby competition to our line-up.

“We are passionate about rugby at BT Sport and look forward to growing the profile of European rugby. Last season, in our inaugural season of Aviva Premiership Rugby, TV audiences rose by 40 per cent.”

The European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup have risen from the ashes of the Heineken Cup after financial disagreements between the clubs destroyed the old competition.

European Rugby Challenge Cup 2014/15

In the European Rugby Challenge Cup, they’ll show just one game each in the first two rounds.

Sky will show Gloucester Rugby v Brive on October 16, and BT Sport will carry London Welsh v Bordeaux-Begles on October 23.

European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15

BT Sport’s first live match will be between Leicester and Ulster at Welford Road, where Leicester will attempt to take back the glory after the away side finished its 25-match unbeaten home run in the Heineken Cup last January.

The next match aired on BT will be between Wasps and Leinster at the RDS stadium, followed by Bath vs Glasgows Warriors and Harlequins vs Castres.

In the second round, BT will hold the rights to show Wasps vs Harlequins, Saracens vs Munster, Leicester vs The Scarlets and Bath vs Toulouse, while Sky will host Ulster vs Toulon, Northampton vs Ospreys, Monpellier vs Glasgow, Castres vs Leister and ASM Clermont Auvergene vs Sale.

The full BT Sport and Sky Sport line-ups for the European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15 rounds 1 and 2 are:

European Champions Cup 2014/15 round 1 fixtures

Date Clubs Broadcaster
October 17, 2014 Harlequins vs Castres Olympique BT Sport
October 18, 2014 Sale Sharks vs Munster Rugby Sky Sports
October 18, 2014 Saracens vs ASM Clermont Auvergne BT Sport
October 18, 2014 Glasgow Warriors vs Bath Rugby BT Sport
October 18, 2014 Racing Métro 92 vs Northampton Saints Sky Sports
October 18, 2014 Leicester Tigers vs Ulster Rugby BT Sport
October 19, 2014 Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso Sky Sports
October 19, 2014 Toulouse vs Montpellier Sky Sports
October 19, 2014 RC Toulon vs Scarlets Sky Sports
October 19, 2014 Leinster Rugby vs Wasps BT Sport

European Champions Cup 2014/15 round 2 fixtures

Date Clubs Broadcaster
October 24, 2014 HarMunster Rugby vs Saracens BT Sport
October 25, 2014 Ulster Rugby vs RC Toulon Sky Sports
October 25, 2014 Bath Rugby vs Toulouse BT Sport
October 25, 2014 Northampton Saints vs Ospreys Sky Sports
October 25, 2014 Montpellier vs Glasgow Warriors Sky Sports
October 25, 2014 Scarlets vs Leicester Tigers BT Sport
October 26, 2014 Castres Olympique vs Leinster Rugby Sky Sports
October 26, 2014 ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Sale Sharks Sky Sports
October 26, 2014 Wasps vs Harlequins BT Sport
October 26, 2014 Benetton Treviso vs Racing Métro 92 BT Sport

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