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Wales' historic summer Test match against South Africa is set to be screened live on Channel Four, with the broadcaster also in line to show the tour of Argentina. It will be the first time Wales rugby matches has ever been shown on the channel, which is not known for its rugby coverage.

No deal has been signed yet but it is understood talks are at an advanced stage with the broadcaster to show the opening match of Wales' summer schedule on June 2. The ground-breaking first game takes place at the RFK Stadium in Washington, with 12,000 tickets currently sold. Reports last month suggested the game could be in jeopardy but they have since been strenuously denied by organisers.

It's believed the BBC and online broadcaster Amazon were also interested in screening Wales' matches but both look to have missed out.

Warren Gatland's men follow their game against the Springboks with a two-Test series in Argentina, where they face the Pumas on June 9 and June 16.

And it's understood Channel Four are in line to show all three games as a bundle package.

They have no track record of covering international rugby but will broadcast nine live matches in the European Champions Cup from next season.

Their main sports coverage is now largely focused on Formula One and other motor sport, having previously covered horse racing.

The move would be another blow for the BBC after i t was confirmed they have lost the rights to broadcast PRO14 matches earlier this week, with pay TV channel Premier Sports taking over.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote aber-fan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 May 2018 at 2:09pm
Thanks for that - we'll keep a lookout for updates and confirmation.
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Anything that keeps Jiffy off my screen is a positive for me.
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Originally posted by SospanMawr SospanMawr wrote:

Anything that keeps Jiffy off my screen is a positive for me.

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Maybe the BBC can broadcast the Welsh Premiership (teams like RGC, Neath, Cardiff, Llanelli and Merthyr)?
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Originally posted by SospanMawr SospanMawr wrote:

Anything that keeps Jiffy off my screen is a positive for me.

Channel 4 may sign him up !
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Originally posted by rygbi11 rygbi11 wrote:

Maybe the BBC can broadcast the Welsh Premiership (teams like RGC, Neath, Cardiff, Llanelli and Merthyr)?

Or, indeed, the new tournament for young players, if it comes to pass - that would be quite interesting.
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Originally posted by aber-fan aber-fan wrote:

Originally posted by rygbi11 rygbi11 wrote:

Maybe the BBC can broadcast the Welsh Premiership (teams like RGC, Neath, Cardiff, Llanelli and Merthyr)?


Or, indeed, the new tournament for young players, if it comes to pass - that would be quite interesting.


Yes. Good point.
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Originally posted by aber-fan aber-fan wrote:

Originally posted by SospanMawr SospanMawr wrote:

Anything that keeps Jiffy off my screen is a positive for me.


The 'off' switch?Wink
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Originally posted by rygbi11 rygbi11 wrote:

Maybe the BBC can broadcast the Welsh Premiership (teams like RGC, Neath, Cardiff, Llanelli and Merthyr)?


I think they are considering this...
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Channel 4 confirmed to be showing the matches live with S4C showing highlights the day after.

Channel 4 will also be broadcasting 9 matches each season of the Champions Cup for 4 seasons from September.
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