Amazon Prime Video to screen Autumn Nations Cup

11 Sep 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Amazon Prime Video has secured the UK broadcast rights to the new Northern Hemisphere rugby union competition, the Autumn Nations Cup.

Every game - apart from Ireland’s three pool matches, which will be shown live on Channel 4 - will be available exclusively on Prime Video in the UK, while both broadcasters will screen the England v Ireland fixture, played at Twickenham. 

The games will run from Friday 13th November until Sunday 6th December and be fronted by Gabby Logan, while Bryan Habana has also been confirmed as taking part in the punditry line-up

The brand new tournament will feature 16 internationals across four weekends in November and December, incorporating the autumn internationals into a wider tournament.

The competition will feature each of the Six Nations teams, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy, as well as two extra nations - Georgia and Fiji.

“We are excited and privileged to work with Six Nations Rugby and the eight participating unions to bring this new tournament to viewers across the UK on Prime Video,” said Alex Green, MD Prime Video Sport Europe. 

“It is a unique event bringing a new level of competitiveness to Autumn international rugby and will offer something back to all the fans who have missed top-level rugby. We will be offering mouth-watering clashes featuring the top international teams in the Northern Hemisphere exclusively to UK Prime members at no additional charge to their membership.”

Ben Morel, CEO Six Nations Rugby added: “We are delighted to welcome Amazon Prime Video on board as a broadcast partner for the Autumn Nations Cup, and to have such a major global player demonstrate their commitment to rugby is a tremendous endorsement for our game. 

“Amazon Prime Video has already established a reputation for delivering high level production in live sport which we have seen through their coverage of the Premier League, ATP and WTA Tennis, and NFL. We are hugely excited by their initial plans for the Autumn Nations Cup and are confident rugby lovers will thoroughly enjoy the coverage.”

Live rugby joins a host of live sporting events on Prime Video, with the online streaming service having picked up rights to US Open tennis and Premier League football.