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European Rugby bosses but to agree new TV take care of TNT Sports activities for subsequent season as talks over subsequent contract stall… whereas Champions Cup semi-finals may very well be hosted at identical venue going ahead


  • TNT are the UK’s essential broadcaster of the European recreation’s premier competitors
  • Discussions between European Rugby and TNT over a brand new contract have stalled
  • Internet hosting ‘vacation spot’ Champions Cup semi-finals is a brand new concept being thought of

European Rugby bosses are but to agree a brand new tv take care of TNT Sports activities for subsequent season however internet hosting ‘vacation spot’ Champions Cup semi-finals is a brand new concept being thought of.

TNT – beforehand often known as BT Sport – are the primary British broadcast accomplice of the European recreation’s premier competitors. This season they’ve proven each Champions Cup match reside.

TNT are additionally the Gallagher Premiership’s principal TV accomplice. Final month, they confirmed an enlargement into worldwide rugby and dedicated to delivering all 21 Autumn Nations Collection fixtures later this 12 months reside, together with England’s matches with New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Japan.

However discussions between European Rugby and TNT over a brand new contract have stalled with no fast decision in sight. It signifies that as issues stand, it’s unclear which channel Champions Cup matches will probably be proven on in the UK within the 2024/25 marketing campaign. Northampton and Harlequins had been overwhelmed by Leinster and Toulouse in final weekend’s semi-finals.

These two matches passed off at Dublin’s Croke Park and Stadium de Toulouse respectively.

Left tor right: TNT's Austin Healey, Lawrence Dallaglio and Craig Doyle before Saturday's Champions Cup semi-final at Croke Park

Left tor proper: TNT’s Austin Healey, Lawrence Dallaglio and Craig Doyle earlier than Saturday’s Champions Cup semi-final at Croke Park

Toulouse advanced from their semi-final against Harlequins after a match in their home city

Toulouse superior from their semi-final in opposition to Harlequins after a match of their residence metropolis

That has attracted criticism in some quarters as the 2 groups who will contest Might 25’s ultimate at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium each performed their last-four matches of their residence cities.

However in future seasons, the 2 Champions Cup semi-finals might each be held on the identical venue to create a competition of rugby in a single location. Mail Sport understands Portugal and Benfica’s Estadio da Luz made a bid to do precisely that this season. The supply was turned down on this event though comparable propositions in years to come back could be met with a distinct reply.

European Rugby chairman Dominic McKay has beforehand acknowledged the large ambition he has for the Champions and Problem Cups as a part of rugby’s plans to develop the sport globally.

In February, McKay confirmed Spanish metropolis Bilbao would host the 2026 Problem and Champions Cup finals and that taking these showpiece video games to the USA sooner or later is a critical chance.

Sorting a brand new UK broadcast deal, although, have to be one of the vital fast priorities for McKay and European Rugby’s chief govt Jacques Raynaud.

Discussions between European Rugby and TNT over a new contract have stalled

Discussions between European Rugby and TNT over a brand new contract have stalled

After almost pulling off an exciting comeback in Toulouse’s yard earlier than falling to a 38-26 defeat, Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care has turned his attentions to sealing a Premiership play-off spot.

With two video games of the common season to go, England’s high league is ready for an exciting finale.

Leaders Northampton, Saracens, Tub and Bristol at present occupy the coveted high 4 positions. Harlequins are fifth however stage on factors with the Bears.

Skilled No 9 Care needs his crew to brush off the Toulouse disappointment after they journey to Exeter on Saturday. Harlequins’ ultimate recreation is in opposition to play-off rivals Bristol.

Danny Care has set sights on securing a Premiership play-off spot after defeat to Toulouse

Danny Care has set sights on securing a Premiership play-off spot after defeat to Toulouse 

‘We have now to. It will be very disappointing for us to not make a semi-final or a ultimate within the Premiership this season after all the things we’ve gone by. We’re determined,’ Care mentioned.

‘We all know how robust it will be. We’ve received one other huge recreation on Saturday in opposition to Exeter. We’ve in all probability received to win each our remaining video games to make the highest 4.

‘We’ll sink our tooth into that and attempt to make a Premiership ultimate. We genuinely felt we might get shut in opposition to a crew nearly as good as Toulouse and will have gained. Possibly we must always have.

‘Now it’s again to the Premiership. We’ve received to dry our tears fairly rapidly.’

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