Live Blues Regional Select XV TV coverage set for Saturday


Welsh rugby fans are in for a bumper weekend of action on S4C from 15 to 18 January, with live TV coverage of the Blues Regional Select XV match on Saturday and highlights of all the regions' European matches over four days.

After close consultation with the WRU, the Cardiff Blues and other relevant parties, the Cardiff Regional Select XV match against London Welsh has been moved to Saturday, 16 January with a 2.45pm kick off.

The match will be live on the S4C programme, Rygbi: Gleision v Cymry Llundain, with coverage starting at 2.30pm.

This avoids a clash with Cardiff Blues' away match against Harlequins on Sunday, 17 January in the European Challenge Cup, highlights of which will be shown in the Rygbi: Cwpan Pencampwyr Ewrop show on Sunday evening at 10.00pm.

This programme will also include highlights of the Scarlets match away to Racing 92 in the European Champions Cup.

There will be more rugby on Monday night at 10.00pm, with further highlights from the European competitions.

S4C's Sports Editor Sue Butler said, "We look forward to covering an exciting weekend of European Round 5 matches, with our dynamic mix of live action and highlights.

"We are delighted to be able to show the Cardiff Regional Select XV match against London Welsh at a time that will suit rugby fans on the terraces and S4C viewers alike in a key weekend of fixtures for the four Welsh regions in Europe."

On Friday, 15 January, Rygbi: Cwpan Pencampwyr Ewrop show at 10.00pm, S4C will provide highlights of the Ospreys' home match against Clermont Auvergne in the European Champions Cup and the Dragons' home clash against Castres in the European Challenge Cup as well as other key group matches.

The highlights programmes, a Sunset and Vine Cymru and SMS co-production, are presented by Gareth Roberts and former Wales captain Gwyn Jones.

In an eventful week of rugby on S4C, the midweek rugby magazine Rygbi Pawb returns on Wednesday, 20 January with live online coverage of the colleges' rugby competition, featuring Llanishen High School v Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf which kicks off at 2.30pm. There will be highlights on S4C at 10.00pm.

Presented by Owain Gwynedd and produced by SMS, Rygbi Pawb includes the best of grassroots Welsh rugby and world rugby news and action.

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