The Guinness PRO14 is one of the pillars of professional rugby, with some of the world’s most storied and accomplished clubs. Adding it to the ESPN+ lineup every week, and introducing it further to viewers on the ESPN networks, is a fantastic development for the existing, passionate rugby fans of the sport in the U.S. and will also help expand the audience for world class rugby.
Burke Magnus, Executive Vice President, Programming, ESPN


PRO14 secures landmark USA agreement with ESPN

31 Aug, 2018

ESPN have secured the rights to show every game from the Guinness PRO14 Rugby Championship across their television network and their direct-to-consumer streaming service ESPN+ until 2021.

The Guinness PRO14

The Guinness PRO14, one of the most exciting club rugby union competitions in the world featuring top professional teams from Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales, will be available to fans across the U.S. beginning this week, exclusively on ESPN+ and the ESPN television networks as part of a multi-year agreement.

Landmark Agreement

RDA secured the landmark agreement for the Guinness PRO14, which will see every one of the 152 games per season available in the US with over 140 games shown on ESPN+ and 10 showcase games lined up to appear in HD on ESPN networks. ESPN+, the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) and ESPN, will feature 142 matches per season. Another 10 matches, all between December and May, will appear on ESPN’s linear television networks.