ESPN confirms coverage of summer 7s series
May 18, 2012
Newcastle celebrate capturing last year's Premiership Rugby 7s title © Getty Images
ESPN has announced it will once again televise exclusive live coverage of the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s this summer.
The competition, won last year by Newcastle Falcons, is set to feature some of the Aviva Premiership's most talented young players taking part in the high-octane, fast-flowing rugby format. The competition is played out over four weeks, starting on Friday, July 13, with teams in groups of four competing in three regional pools before the top six teams move on to play in the final at The Recreation Ground in Bath on Friday, August 3.
The competition follows on from a thrilling regular season which reaches a climax exclusively live on ESPN on May 26 when Harlequins take on Leicester in the Twickenham finale.
ESPN will bring viewers coverage of every stage, starting in London at the Twickenham Stoop as Aviva Premiership finalists Harlequins, take on London Irish, London Wasps and 2010 7s winners Saracens in a round-robin format.
ESPN will be live from Edgeley Park on July 20 as Sale play host to Premiership finalists Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints and current 7s champions Newcastle Falcons. The following week sees the final group stage take place at Kingsholm on July 26. Bath Rugby, Exeter Chiefs and Worcester Warriors will join Gloucester for the games.
"We are delighted that we have once again finalised an agreement with ESPN to broadcast the 2012 JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s live," said Premiership Rugby commercial director Dominic Hayes. "It's a sure sign that the demand for top class English club rugby is growing every year. The tournament, now in its third year, gets better and better and we are expecting big crowds at each of the series events, starting at the Twickenham Stoop on July 13."
For details and to buy tickets for one of the four events head to www.jpmorgan7s.com.
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