Sky Sports unveils bumper coverage of Heineken Cup opening weekend
Last Updated: 23/07/13 4:30pm
Toulon celebrate Heineken Cup victory
Sky Sports will show all 24 teams and almost 24 hours of exclusively live European rugby union coverage in one weekend during the first round of the Heineken Cup.
Viewers can enjoy 45 live televised fixtures from the first four rounds of the 2013/2014 Heineken Cup beginning October 11 including every British and Irish team exclusively live at least three times in the first four rounds. Each of the first four rounds will see up to 12 live ties across Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Sky Sports HD channels and on the red button.
On the first weekend there will be 12 live fixtures available to Sky Sports viewers. In one of the first live matches of the season Ulster take on Premiership champions, Leicester. At the same time viewers will be able to watch last year's European semi-finalists Saracens face Connacht and Toulouse face Italian side Zebre.
Saturday October 11 will see six matches throughout the day with Edinburgh against Munster and the Ospreys taking on RaboDirect PRO12 champions, Leinster.
Reigning Heineken Cup champions Toulon begin the defence of their title on the Sunday when they welcome Glasgow in their first match of the European season.
Gus Williamson, executive producer, Sky Sports rugby union said: "This summer has been fantastic for rugby union fans and now the Lions have returned victorious, we can't wait for the exciting new European season to start.
"The opening weekend is going to be immense with all 24 teams shown live. Add this to an unprecedented schedule from the international and domestic game and it's going to be an incredible rugby season for Sky Sports viewers."
Sky Sports subscribers can also watch all of Sky's Heineken Cup matches online through the Event Centre. Available from skysports.com, all Sky's live matches are available simultaneously and all tries can be viewed as they happen with Try Alert. With Match Centre, any single moment from any game can be accessed and users can pause, replay and watch the action in slow-motion whilst keeping up to date with stats and information as the matches happen.
Viewers can also keep up-to-date live across mobile devices with Sky Go. 24/7 coverage is available on skysports.com, plus the breaking news, views and scores round the clock on Sky Sports News HD. Highlights, analysis and a comprehensive round-up of the weekend's matches will also be shown on European Rugby Special every Sunday of the tournament.
Opening Heineken Cup matches live on Sky
Friday 11 October: Connacht v Saracens 20:00, Toulouse v Zebre 20:00, Ulster v Leicester 20:00
Saturday 12 October: Edinburgh v Munster 13:35, Treviso v Montpellier 13.35, Harlequins v Scarlets 15:40, Castres v Northampton 15:40, Ospreys v Leinster 18:00, Gloucester v Perpignan 18:00
Sunday 13 October: Exeter v Cardiff Blues 12:45, Toulon v Glasgow Warriors 15:00, Racing Metro v Clermont Auvergne 20:00
Friday 18 October: Saracens v Toulon 19:45, Leicester Tigers v Treviso 20:00
Saturday 19 October: Cardiff Blues v Toulon 13:35, Zebre v Connacht 13:35, Leinster v Castres 15:40, Montpellier v Ulster 15:40, Munster v Gloucester 18:00, Scarlets v Racing Metro 18:00
Sunday 20 October: Northampton v Ospreys 12:45, Perpignan v Edinburgh 12:45, Clermont Auvergne v Harlequins 15:00
Friday 6 December: Cardiff Blues v Glasgow 20:00, Castres v Ospreys 20:00
Saturday 7 December: Exeter v Toulon 13:35, Zebre v Saracens 13:35, Clermont Auvergne v Scarlets 13:35, Racing Metro v Harlequins 15:40, Northampton v Leinster 18:00, Ulster v Treviso 18:00
Sunday 8 December: Munster v Perpignan 12:45, Leicester v Montpellier 15:00, Toulouse v Connacht 15:00
Friday 13 December: Ospreys v Castres 20:00, Glasgow v Cardiff Blues 20:00
Saturday 14 December: Treviso v Ulster 13:35, Toulon v Exeter 13:35, Scarlets v Clermont Auvergne 15:40, Perpignan v Munster 15:40, Connacht v Toulouse 18:00, Leinster v Northampton 18:00
Sunday 15 December: Harlequins v Racing Metro 12:45, Gloucester v Edinburgh 15:00, Montpellier v Leicester 15:00