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Premiership Rugby clubs in European TV action

European rugby is back this weekend and nine of the Premiership Rugby clubs are live on TV.

First up in the European Rugby Champions Cup, Leicester Tigers v Scarlets will be live on Sky Sports and beIN Sports kicking off at 7.45pm on Friday 16 January. Scarlets win over Leicester Tigers earlier in the pool stage ended Tigers four game winning run over the Welsh region, however Leicester have won six of the eight matches between the two.
 
Saturday 17 January sees Saracens v Munster at 1pm on BT Sport and beIN Sports. The last meeting between the two clubs brought the largest winning margin between the two (11 points).
 
Also on Saturday, Sale Sharks play ASM Clermont Auvergne at 5.30pm on Sky Sports / beIN Sports. Sale Sharks last win against a French club was when they beat Clermont in January 2009 but Clermont have won four of their last six away games against English opposition.
 
Harlequins v Wasps rounds off Saturday’s live TV action at 7.45pm on BT Sport. This fixture could boast two of the top three turnover winners, with Wasps, Ashley Johnson, and Harlequins, Dave Ward, both having won nine each in the competition this season – only Steffon Armitage can match that tally.
 
The first Premiership Rugby club out of the blocks on Sunday is Bath Rugby as they play Toulouse away at 3.15pm on BT Sport, FR2 and beIN Sports. Anthony Watson has beaten 15 defenders in this season’s competition, two more than any other player.
 
The last live European Rugby Champions Cup game featuring a Premiership Rugby club is Ospreys v Northampton Saints at 5.30pm on BT Sport. Only five players have managed three or more tries in the Champions Cup this season – Saints George North (5), Samu Manoa (4) and Ken Pisi (3) make up three of these five.
 
The live TV European Rugby Challenge Cup coverage starts with London Welsh travelling to Bordeaux-Begles for a 7.55pm kick-off on Friday with coverage on beIN Sports. London Welsh have won 35 turnovers in the competition this season, the most of any side.
 
Saturday sees Newcastle Falcons v Newport Gwent Dragons live on BT Sport with kick-off at 3.15pm. Falcons Sean Robinson and Chris Harris are the only players to have made over half a century of successful tackles in the competition this season with 55 and 50 respectively.
 
Exeter Chiefs travel to Connacht Rugby for the last European Rugby Challenge Cup game live on TV this weekend. The match kicks off at 3.15pm on Sunday on Sky Sports. Exeter are one of three clubs yet to concede a try in the first 20 minutes of a Challenge Cup game this season.
 
Live on TV

Kick-off times are GMT

European Rugby Champions Cup
 
16 January, 7.45pm, Leicester Tigers v Scarlets – Sky Sports / beIN Sports
17 January, 1pm, Saracens v Munster – BT Sport / beIN Sports
17 January, 5.30pm, Sale Sharks v ASM Clermont Auvergne – Sky Sports / beIN Sports
17 January, 7.45pm, Harlequins v Wasps – BT Sport
18 January, 3.15pm, Toulouse v Bath Rugby – BT Sport / FR2 / beIN Sports
18 January, 5.30pm, Ospreys v Northampton Saints – BT Sport
 
European Rugby Challenge Cup

 
16 January, 7.55pm, Bordeaux-Begles v London Welsh – beIN Sports
17 January, 3.15pm, Newcastle Falcons v Newport Gwent Dragons – BT Sport
18 January, 3.15pm, Connacht Rugby v Exeter Chiefs – Sky Sports

 

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