Borders rugby squad makes essential viewing for Sunday Knights

Every Sunday fixture in the second season of the FOSROC Super6 rugby competition will be televised live on free-to-air television by the competition’s new broadcast partner, FreeSports.

By Ralph Mellon
Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 2:49 pm
Southern Knights, in white, in action from 2019 at The Greenyards against Ayrshire Bulls
Southern Knights, in white, in action from 2019 at The Greenyards against Ayrshire Bulls

FreeSports is the only free-to-air sports channel in the UK and will broadcast 11 matches in the FOSROC Super6 exclusively live on TV, and on the online FreeSports Player, within the UK and Ireland, in a new agreement with Scottish Rugby.The coverage will also include highlights of every Friday and Saturday match played across the tournament’s 10-week regular period. Highlights of all 33 matches will also be available, with more information to follow ahead of the competition kicking off at the end of July. All Sunday games will kick-off at 1.30pm BST.The Borders’ representative squad in the tournament, Southern Knights, will feature in the second match of the season under the new arrangement, playing Heriot’s Rugby away at Goldencacre on Sunday, August 8.Southern Knights host Boroughmuir Bears on Sunday, August 22 at the The Greenyards, before Boroughmuir Bears entertain Southern Knights in a return fixture on Sunday, September 12.

The FOSROC Super6 finals weekend will take place on the weekend of October 15-17 and FreeSports will broadcast the first versus second final exclusively live in the UK and Ireland, with the third and fourth, and fifth and sixth games shown live on Scottish Rugby TV.The FOSROC Super6 commentary team will include Stuart McFarlane, Paul Mitchell, Hugh Dan MacLennan, Jamie Lyall and Rory Hamilton.

FreeSports director of operations, Richard Webb, said: “We are delighted to further enhance our coverage of Scottish Rugby with the announcement of live FOSROC Super6 games. We have developed a strong product for Scottish rugby fans to get behind, so it felt like a natural step to also support the game at this level.”Scottish Rugby head of group sponsorship and marketing, Toni Blackhurst, said: “This is excellent news for the FOSROC Super6. To have our part-time professional tournament, which is designed to bridge the gap between club and professional rugby shown live every Sunday, is great. It is fantastic that it will be included in the same Premier Sports / FreeSports family of broadcasters that will show Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors in next seasons United Rugby Championship, as it further enhances the pathway of moving through to the professional game. The increased profile of the league through Freesports coverage is great news for the clubs, fans and partners.”FreeSports can be found on Freeview HD channel 64, Sky HD channel 422, Virgin HD 553, TalkTalk 64, BT Vision channel 64 and on the online FreeSports Player.