S4C strikes deal to show Wales’ Six Nations matches for next four years
S4C has struck a deal to show every Wales match in the Guinness Six Nations for the next four years.
The Welsh language broadcaster will be the only place to watch live coverage of every Wales match, after securing an agreement with the BBC and ITV, the primary rights holders.
S4C’s Clwb Rygbi Rhyngwladol, will bring live coverage, analysis and reaction to every match, starting with Ireland v Wales on Saturday 5 February.
Catrin Heledd, Clwb Rygbi Rhyngwladol host, said: “This is fantastic news for Welsh rugby. For a great many Wales supporters, it is the highlight of the rugby calendar. It is a privilege to be part of it and to be able to bring Welsh language coverage to viewers at home.
“Wales are the reigning champions and the competition is as fierce as ever. We hope you can join us in Dublin for the opener.”
S4C missed out on Wales’ autumn internationals as the rugby fixtures are taken off terrestrial TV for the first time.
Amazon ran its own Welsh language feed of the matches. It was the first time a commercial broadcaster has offered a Welsh language option for rugby.
The tech giant allowed a Welsh-language 40 minute extended highlights programme to be shown on S4C an hour after the final whistle of each fixture.