Channel 4 to air The Champions Cup until 2022

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by Stephen Chapman

Channel 4 will broadcast 9 live matches of European Club Rugby Union’s Champions Cup.

The broadcaster has signed a deal until 2022, including coverage of this year’s final in Newcastle.

Starting from October, it will air one match from each of the 6 pool stages, a quarter final, semi final and the final.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing top class rugby to Channel 4. The Champions Cup is one of the most prestigious rugby union tournaments featuring many of the best players in the world and I’m sure viewers will be delighted to see it returning to free to air television,” said Stephen Lyle, Channel 4 sports commissioning editor.

The final takes place in May.

“To have live Champions Cup rugby on Channel 4 will take the outstanding rugby experiences to more fans so we are delighted to increase our coverage through this partnership. Channel 4 has an exciting sports portfolio and we are delighted to add to that as part of our enhanced broadcast platforms in the United Kingdom,” added EPCR marketing and commercial director, Carsten Couchouron.