The wait is over! Champions Cup rugby returns to our screens this weekend and BT Sport is proud to say that we’re the only place that will be bringing you every game this season.
BT Sport is the home of European rugby until at least the end of the 2021/22 campaign and that means up to 134 live matches, over nine weekends, each season.
Ahead of a bumper first weekend – starting with champions Leinster’s clash with Wasps on Friday night – here is everything you need to know.
We’ve not just got European action heading your way over the next nine months – BT Sport is broadcasting the Challenge Cup too – we’re also your home for the English domestic game.
A highlights show will bring you up to speed with every match from the Champions Cup and Gallagher Premiership at the end of play every Saturday and Sunday.
Highlights packages of every Champions Cup and Gallagher Premiership fixture are also made available on the BT Sport app and BTSport.com, meaning you can always stay across the action on the go.
The big change is that BT Sport is the only place showing every game all season long, with live rugby coming your way from Friday night all the way through until Sunday evening each European weekend.
For subscribers, the other new feature to note is that the acclaimed enhanced video player will be available for the Champions Cup on the BT Sport app and BTSport.com for the first time ever.
As well as the interactive timeline, that allows you to scroll back through the action and re-watch key moments, as well as switching seamlessly between live matches.
There will also be detailed team and player stats running in real time for each game.
Here are the key dates for your diary:
Round 1: Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October
Round 2: Friday 19th – Sunday 21st October
Round 3: Friday 7th – Sunday 9th December
Round 4: Friday 14th – Sunday 16th December
Round 5: Friday 11th – Sunday 13th January
Round 6: Friday 18th – Sunday 20th January
Quarter-finals: Friday 29th – Sunday 31st March
Semi-finals: Friday 19th – Sunday 21st April
Final: Saturday 11th May (St James’ Park, Newcastle)
You can check out all this season’s Champions Cup fixtures right here.
There will be a familiar new face on your screens this campaign, too, with former British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton joining the line-up .
Don’t forget your midweek rugby fix, either, as Sarra Elgan, Martin Bayfield, Craig Doyle and special guests discuss all the major news, results and talking points on Wednesday evenings on Rugby Tonight .
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Then you’ll be ready to take them all on this season – in the Champions Cup and beyond – with BT Sport.
BT Sport films’ latest instalment, Shoulder to Shoulder, will premiere straight after the Champions Cup curtain-raiser between Leinster and Wasps.
Airing on BT Sport 2 HD and online at 10pm on Friday 12th October, the film sees Brian O’Driscoll take viewers on a personal journey across Irish sporting and political history.
Ireland’s most capped player and top try scorer explores how rugby has acted as a unifying force in a country once stricken by violence and division.
To find out more about the film, including which famous faces O’Driscoll crosses paths with, click here.
Friday 12th October
Leinster v Wasps – 7pm (BT Sport 2 and 4K UHD)
Saturday 13th October
Bath v Toulouse – 12.30pm (BT Sport 2 HD)
Exeter Chiefs v Munster – 3pm (BT Sport 2 HD and 4K UHD)
Montpellier v Edinburgh – 3pm (BT Sport 3 HD)
Scarlets v Racing 92 – 5.15pm (BT Sport 3 HD)
Ulster v Leicester Tigers – 5.15pm (BT Sport 2 HD and 4K UHD)
Sunday 14th October
Gloucester v Castres Olympique – 12.30pm (BT Sport 2 HD and 4K UHD)
Lyon v Cardiff Blues – 12.45pm (BT Sport 3 HD)
Glasgow Warriors v Saracens – 3pm (BT Sport 2 HD and 4K UHD)
RC Toulon v Newcastle Falcons – 3pm (BT Sport 3 HD)