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Premiership set for TV facelift

Dressing room cameras and interviews with coaches during matches are two of the on-screen innovations to be introduced by BT Sport into the Aviva Premiership this season.

A six-month consultation with the 12 top-flight clubs has resulted in a series of developments being sanctioned in an attempt to further engage with supporters.

Others include a pre-match pitch walk that will see players interviewed during their warm-up and the addition of kicking tee and line-out cameras.

The first live game to be screened by BT Sport, which has an exclusive four-year contract with Premiership Rugby worth up to £152million, will be Newcastle's home clash with Bath on Friday, September 6.

"We are trying to bring Premiership fans closer to the game and increase the number of people who watch club rugby in England," Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty said.

"As a league we pride ourselves on being innovative and progressive and we believe the coverage of the Premiership will be compelling and supportive of the values of club rugby."

BT Sport will typically screen three live matches each weekend with kick-off times of 7.45pm on Friday, 3.15pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday, although in a small number of instances these times may change.

Premiership Rugby has also confirmed that all Premiership games in the forthcoming season will have a television match official.

TMOs were previously traditionally only appointed for games covered live on TV, but following this latest development referees in all 135 of the league's matches will be able to consult the TMO.


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