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Rugby Special Back On Sunday Afternoons

31 October 2002

Gloucester Rugby

Rugby Special Back On Sunday Afternoons

Rugby Special will be back on television screens on Sunday afternoons on BBC TWO from 10 November. The first show will air at 3.50pm on Sunday 10th.It will be primarily highlights-based with occasional features, and will return as part of Sunday Grandstand.

Rugby Special will be presented by Sunday Grandstand presenter John Inverdale, who will be joined over the course of the series by other members of the BBC team including Jonathan Davies, Keith Wood, Jeremy Guscott and other studio guests to give further opinion and insight into the world of rugby.

Sunday Grandstand will now show either Rugby Special or live rugby from 10 November until the end of the season, although the Rugby Special start times will vary to accommodate other live sports events. The programme will show action from all the major rugby competitions including International games, Heineken Cup, Powergen Cup, Celtic League and Zurich Premiership.

Pat Younge, Head of BBC’s Rugby Strategy said: ‘With the entire Six Nations back on the BBC, along with the Autumn Internationals, the Heineken Cup and Powergen Cup, we now have the best live rugby portfolio in our history.

The return of Rugby Special, to showcase our Zurich Premiership and other highlights, is the final piece of the jigsaw.

‘The late night experiment rated well, and some elements will be incorporated into the new show, but the clear message coming back from fans was that they wanted more highlights and they wanted them on a Sunday afternoon. We’ve listened and we’ve delivered. Although the start times will vary to accommodate live events, we believe the simple promise of Rugby Special or live rugby every Sunday will ensure its continuing popularity and success.’