THE Welsh Rugby Union will team up with S4C to show ‘The Indigo Group Premiership’ matches live online every Thursday night throughout the season ahead.
Starting with Swansea’s trip to face Aberavon at the Talbot Athletic Ground on Thursday, December 9 (7.30pm), a different league game will be shown each week.
All of The Indigo Group Premiership clubs are set to benefit from live coverage at least once in the first seven weekends alone, with the matches to be shown via a new S4C series – Rygbi’r Prem.
The matches will be available online on the S4C Clic player, the S4C Facebook Live page and S4C YouTube page and will also feature on the WRU’s own website and WRU Facebook.
There will be 14 rounds of matches to feast on and, in addition to the Thursday night live game, there will be a weekly highlights show shared across the S4C Chwaraeon and WRU social platforms.
Rygbi’r Prem commentary will be provided in Welsh, with an English language option on Clic and You Tube. Several familiar rugby figures will provide analysis throughout the season, with Whisper Cymru will produce S4C’s Indigo Premiership coverage.
“We have worked closely with S4C on a new and exciting plan for The Indigo Group Premiership which we hope will bring in new audiences as well as satisfy the existing fan-base for the very best of Welsh club rugby,” said WRU community director Geraint John.
“All clubs in The Indigo Group Premiership are set to feature in at least one live match during the season, in a regular slot on Thursday evenings.
“We expect these matches to be watched in clubhouses up and down the country as the competition builds to its exciting crescendo.
“Merthyr remain the holders after lifting the title in 2019, before the pandemic curtailed the season the following year. But we have introduced a brand new trophy and welcomed a new title sponsor since that time, so we are now searching for the first club to lift our new Indigo Group Premiership silverware.”
Lauren Jenkins will present Rygbi’r Prem, while Whisper Cymru will produce S4C’s Indigo Group Premiership coverage.
Lauren Jenkins said: “The Indigo Group Premiership has it all; quality players and coaches, fierce rivalries and competitive games full of tries. This is the highest level of Welsh club rugby and it’s the bedrock of the game in Wales. And S4C will be the only place where you can follow the Premiership, so make sure you join us online every Thursday night.”
Sue Butler, S4C Sports Commissioner, said: “This is an exciting new venture and one we hope will attract new viewers to the Welsh club game, as well as providing a window on the league for the regular supporters. We’ve developed our online sports coverage over the past few years, and our live coverage of rugby and football, as well as hockey and netball matches, has proved popular. It’s great to partner with the clubs and the Welsh Rugby Union and to showcase the Premiership.”
Live Online matches:
Thursday, December 9: Aberavon v Swansea 7.30pm
Thursday, December 16: Carmarthen Quins v Llanelli 7.30pm
Sunday, December 27: Ebbw Vale v Newport 2.30pm
Sunday, January 3, 2022: Llanelli v RGC 1404 5.30pm
Thursday, January 13: Bridgend v Pontypridd 7.30pm
Thursday, January 27: Cardiff v Ebbw Vale 7.30pm