London Irish’s historic trip to New Jersey to take on Saracens has been selected for live television broadcast by BT Sport, Premiership Rugby can confirm today.
The first Aviva Premiership Rugby match to be played outside England will kick off at 8pm (UK time) live from the Red Bull Arena on Saturday 12 March.
This ground-breaking fixture is a milestone in the development of London Irish and of Aviva Premiership Rugby underlining the growing international interest in the league, while showcasing it in the biggest sports market in the world where rugby is currently the fastest growing team sport.
Taking place amidst the build-up to the St Patrick's Day festivities in the Big Apple, this London Irish home game will also be a celebration of Irish culture for the many thousands of first, second and third generation Irish people living in the New York region.
London Irish's match is the third game of that weekend to be broadcast live on BT Sport, with their cameras visiting the Rec the night before for Bath Rugby v Newcastle Falcons and earlier on Saturday for Wasps against Leicester Tigers at the Ricoh Arena.
The latest set of live TV selections kicks off at the start of March with Worcester Warriors' trip to Newcastle Falcons.
Once the RBS 6 Nations ends, BT Sport will broadcast a bumper four-match weekend at the end of March, starting with Exeter Chiefs' trip to Allianz Park on Saturday 26 March, ending with Northampton Saints hosting Harlequins in the fourth live TV match, 24 hours later.
The full list of matches in Rounds 15-19 is below.
Clubs not selected for live TV action in the RBS 6 Nations period are expected to alter some kick-off times in the coming weeks with all announcements coming through @premrugby and facebook.com/premiershiprugby.
The full list of all Aviva Premiership Rugby matches can be found by clicking here
Live TV selections on BT Sport
Friday 4 March – 7.45pm…Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors (Kingston Park Stadium)
Saturday 5 March – 3.15pm…Saracens v Northampton Saints (Allianz Park)
Sunday 6 March – 3pm…Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs (Welford Road)
Friday 11 March – 7.45pm…Harlequins v Bath Rugby (Twickenham Stoop)
Saturday 12 March – 1.45pm…Wasps v Leicester Tigers (Ricoh Arena)
Saturday 12 March – 8pm…London Irish v Saracens (Red Bull Arena)
Friday 18 March – 7.45pm…Bath Rugby v Newcastle Falcons (The Rec)
Sunday 20 March – 1pm…Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints (Sandy Park)
Sunday 20 March – 3.15pm…Leicester Tigers v Saracens (Welford Road)
Saturday 26 March – 3.15pm…Saracens v Exeter Chiefs (Allianz Park)
Saturday 26 March – 5.30pm…Gloucester Rugby v Bath Rugby (Kingsholm)
Sunday 27 March (Easter Sunday) – 1pm…Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers (AJ Bell Stadium)
Sunday 27 March (Easter Sunday) – 3.15pm…Northampton Saints v Harlequins (Franklin's Gardens)
Friday 1 April – 7.45pm…Bath Rugby v Saracens (The Rec)
Saturday 2 April – 3.15pm…Leicester Tigers v Gloucester Rugby (Welford Road)
Sunday 3 April – 3pm…Wasps v Northampton Saints (Ricoh Arena)