The Rugby Europe Championship 2022 starts this Saturday, which doubles up as the qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2023: Georgia, Romania, Portugal, Spain, Russia, and the Netherlands will compete in five rounds of competition to be held throughout February and March.
Rugby Europe has unveiled the list of broadcast and digital partners who will promote and cover the fifteen games.
Games will be broadcasted in local language in the following participating countries:
- Georgia: IMEDI TV and Rugby TV
- Netherlands: ZIGGO
- Portugal: RTP
- Romania: TVR
- Russia: TRICOLOR
- Spain: TELEDEPORTE
In France, for the first time ever, rugby fans will be able to watch all games live with French commentary. Thanks to SPORTALL, all games will be accessible on the digital platform RUGBYZONE.TV, as well as on rugbyeurope.tv with English commentary.
In North America, Rugby Europe is delighted to announce a multi-year agreement with FLOSPORTS who will kick off the partnership with the Rugby Europe Championship this weekend. With this agreement, Rugby Europe will expand the coverage of the Championship beyond the continent of Europe to reach a new audience.
For all other countries, games will be broadcast live on rugbyeurope.tv with English commentary.
The path to Rugby World Cup 2023 will be determined by the two teams with the highest points total from the combined 2021 and 2022 Rugby Europe Championship editions. They will be awarded with direct tickets to the showpiece event. The team ranked in third place will also have the chance to qualify through the Final Qualification tournament organized by World Rugby.
Round 1 Fixtures
- Romania v Russia: Saturday 5th February, 12.30pm (UTC)
- Spain v Netherlands: Saturday 5th February, 3.00pm (UTC)
- Georgia v Portugal: Sunday Feb 6th February, 11.00am (UTC)
Florent Marty, CEO of Rugby Europe said ‘We are very excited to start this Rugby Europe Championship and to expose the Rugby World Cup 2023 Qualifiers to a worldwide audience. All the games and teams will benefit from an unprecedented media coverage reaching new fans in new territories. The commitment of our broadcast partners further demonstrates the appeal of this competition which has a great traction in and out of the participating teams countries. It is an exciting time for Rugby Europe both on and off the field to further promote European Rugby.’