ONE Super6 match per week will be shown live on free-to-air television through broadcast partner FreeSports. These matches will also be available online within the UK and Ireland via FreeSports Player.
As well as the live broadcast of every Sunday match (kicking-off at 1.30pm) across the 10 weeks of the regular season and the 1st v 2nd place play-off at the end of the campaign, FreeSports coverage will also include highlights of each Friday and Saturday match. The first live match will be Ayrshire Bulls’ clash against Watsonians at Millbrae on 1st August. Click HERE to see a full 2021 Super6 fixture list.
The FreeSports commentary team will include Stuart McFarlane, Paul Mitchell, Hugh Dan MacLennan, Jamie Lyall and Rory Hamilton.
All Sunday matches plus all three finals (1st v 2nd, 3rd v 4th and 5th v 6th) will also be available outside Scotland on Scottish Rugby TV.
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Formed in 2017, FreeSports is the sister channel of Premier Sports, which will show next season’s United Rugby Championship and French Rugby’s Top 14 competitions.
“We are delighted to further enhance our coverage of Scottish Rugby with the announcement of live FOSROC Super6 games,” said FreeSports Director of Operations Richard Webb. “We have developed a strong product for Scottish rugby fans to get behind, so it felt like a natural step to also support the game at this level.”
Ayrshire Bulls General Manager Glen Tippett said: “Today’s FreeSports announcement is an exciting opportunity for all FOSROC Super6 clubs as it will allow both the clubs and the competition further exposure into new audiences across the UK and Ireland.
“This is also a fantastic commercial opportunity for Super6 to grow their brand and help further enhance their part-time professional status.”
Delighted it will be covered -again – but for me I think it is a bit shitty to say the least that the proof of concept for affordable coverage of Super6 was done by a Glasgow based Scottish owned company (QTV) and now that know how and pricing has been used and handed over to Premier and their production partner.
Happy with this, especially Hugh Dan being on commentating duties, he was great when Bbc alba had the pro 12 coverage.
Looking forward to see how the regs complain about this news.
Why are you so concerned about what other people make of this story? Why do you feel the need to pre-guess their attitude?
To say i’m concerned is an overstatement, more mild amusement/smugness.
And to answer your question, History.
Why were you not standing up for people like me when people were ‘pre-guessing’ the attitude of the “let the pros do their jobs” group on articles before comments were made on countless occasions?
Anyway, lets not bring up the past anymore shall we? Lets just accept this is fantastic news and shows Scottish Rugby IS actually making an effort (Shocker) to give youth coming through the system more opportunity to make it to professional level.
The future is bright.
It’s a sign of insecurity TOL!
I think ‘smugness’ is a bit premature – there’s no indication FreeSports are actually paying for these rights, but hopefully they’ll at least cover the cost of production which would be better than the old BBC arrangement. Progress is progress so well done to the SRU for sorting this out. I still think S6 needs Glasgow and a northern franchise as an absolute minimum but then Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Great news. Looking forward to this.