Amazon Prime Video get Autumn Nations Series rights

Date published: August 19 2021 - Planet Rugby

Amazon Prime Video will stream 17 live games in this year’s Autumn Nations Series, the name given to the end-of-year internationals in Europe.

Following a successful 2020 Autumn Nations Cup that was watched by millions of Prime members, Prime Video will now broadcast in the United Kingdom all of England’s, Scotland’s, Wales’, France’s and Italy’s games in the Autumn Nations Series, with Ireland’s internationals to be included in Prime Video’s UK broadcast in 2022.

In addition to its UK rights, starting in 2021 Prime Video will broadcast all games of the series in the Republic of Ireland with the exception of the Ireland matches that will be shown on RTE.

Fantastic partner

Commenting on the partnership, Ben Morel, chief executive of Six Nations Rugby said: “We are delighted to be working with Prime Video again for the broadcast of the Autumn Nations Series. They were a fantastic partner last year and we share the same ambition to establish an exciting series that fans will engage with and enjoy.

“We have worked closely with all our Unions to agree a schedule of fixtures, that minimizes overlaps making it possible for supporters in UK and Ireland to watch every single match from the home teams in a series that will showcase the best teams in the northern hemisphere against the best teams in the southern hemisphere, with Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa all featuring.

“The series will also be the opportunity for the public to enjoy some of rugby’s emerging nations, Japan, Tonga, Georgia and Fiji and witness some of rugby’s great growing talents.”

Alex Green, MD Prime Video Sport Europe said: “We are thrilled to continue working with Six Nations Rugby to bring more top-level international rugby union to Prime Video. Our collaboration for the Autumn Nations Cup provided support to the Unions member clubs and brought a new tournament to millions of Prime households during a disrupted year in the rugby calendar.

“The Autumn Nations Series will build on that and deliver highly anticipated tests between the best and most exciting teams from the northern and southern hemispheres.”