S4C TO SHOW INDIGO WELSH PREMIERSHIP MATCHES LIVE

S4C will show weekly live online coverage of a match from the Indigo Group Premiership this season in a new series – Indigo Prem.

The matches will available online on the S4C Clic player, the S4C Facebook Live page and S4C YouTube page.

The first game of the 14 rounds will be Aberavon v Swansea, at 7.30pm on Thursday 9 December.

In addition to the Thursday night live game there will be a weekly highlights show shared across the S4C Chwaraeon and Welsh Rugby Union social platforms.

Lauren Jenkins will present Indigo Prem, while Whisper Cymru will produce S4C’s Indigo Group Premiership coverage.

Lauren Jenkins said: “The Indigo Group Premiership has it all; quality players and coaches, fierce rivalries and competitive games full of tries. This is the highest level of Welsh club rugby and it’s the bedrock of the game in Wales. And S4C will be the only place where you can follow the Premiership, so make sure you join us online every Thursday night.”

Sue Butler, S4C Sports Commissioner, said: “This is an exciting new venture and one we hope will attract new viewers to the Welsh club game, as well as providing a window on the league for the regular supporters.

“We’ve developed our online sports coverage over the past few years, and our live coverage of rugby and football, as well as hockey and netball matches, has proved popular. It’s great to partner with the clubs and the Welsh Rugby Union and to showcase the Premiership.”

Geraint John, WRU Community Director, said: “We have worked closely with S4C on a new and exciting plan for the Indigo Group Premiership which we hope will bring in new audiences as well as satisfy the existing fan-base for the very best of Welsh club rugby.

“All clubs in the Indigo Group Premiership are set to feature in at least one live match during the season, in a regular slot on Thursday evenings.

“We expect these matches to be watched in clubhouses up and down the country as the competition builds to its exciting crescendo.

“Merthyr remain the holders after lifting the title in 2019, before the pandemic curtailed the season the following year. But we have introduced a brand new trophy and welcomed a new title sponsor since that time, so we are now searching for the first club to lift our new Indigo Group Premiership silverware.”

Live Online matches

Thursday 9 December – Aberavon v Swansea – 7.30pm

Thursday 16 December – Carmarthen Quins v Llanelli – 7.30pm

Monday 27 December – Ebbw Vale v Newport – 2.30pm

Monday 3 January 2022 – Llanelli v RGC 1404 – 5.30pm

Thursday 13 January – Bridgend v Pontypridd – 7.30pm

Thursday 27 January – Cardiff v Ebbw Vale – 7.30pm