Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

BBC to show Ravenhill men home and away

All Ulster’s matches in the RaboDirect Pro 12 will be broadcast live by BBC Northern Ireland.

Shane Glynn, BBC Sport NI’s editor, said: “We’re looking forward to bringing rugby fans all the twists and turns, and we’ll have all 22 of Ulster’s matches live, either on TV, online or Radio Ulster.”

With the fixtures up until early 2013 having been confirmed, BBC2 NI will screen nine of Ulster’s first 13 matches. The remainder can be watched live on the BBC Sport NI website.

Once again BBC NI frontman Stephen Watson will be joined in the studio by ex-players Andy Ward, Tony McWhirter, Maurice Field and Bryn Cunningham for expert analysis.

Jim Neilly’s colleague on commentary once more is Ryan Constable, with Gavin Andrews pitch-side with updates and post-match reaction.

Ulster Rugby’s Chief Executive Officer Shane Logan highlighted the importance of the BBC’s role in promoting the game.

He said: “The partnership with BBC Northern Ireland is vital to achieving one of our key aims — bringing rugby to more people.

“Ulster Rugby are delighted that if fans can’t get to the game they can follow their team through live coverage.”