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    Originally posted by mr chips View Post
    From further up the thread -
    Thanks for that Chips and I saw that in Irish Times...…
    So Im not a Sky TV customer, I have it through a cable company.
    I don't have Eir broadband, I have it with same cable company.
    Whats my next move.
    Apologies for being dense.
    Anybody who sees a psychiatrist would want their head examined. &nb sp;Henry Ford

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      I live in NI, so not completely familiar with the setup where you are but it looks like you'll have to subscribe to Eir, or possibly change your broadband provider to Eir so that you can get a reduced subscription rate.
      Or go to the pub ... at €30 a month for the eir subscription, that might be a more cost-effective option!
      Tis but a scratch.

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        Originally posted by mr chips View Post
        Or go to the pub ... at €30 a month for the eir subscription, that might be a more cost-effective option!
        You clearly have better resolve than I do!

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          Who says you have to do your drinking in the pub? Remember, it's bag of cans, not bag of can'ts ...
          Tis but a scratch.

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            Originally posted by cornerboy View Post
            Someone please help.....How do i watch rugby on tv going forward?
            current setup.......broadband + tv incl sky sports are through a local cable company
            mobile contracts with vodafone
            landline with eir.
            Just to old for this sh1t.
            ​​​​thanks.
            If you're not that bothered about football cancel Sky Sports and get Eir Sports in.You can add it to your Sky package. It'll save you €13 a month and you'll have all the Pro14 and Euro rugby.

            EDIT unless you're with Virgin. Then you're screwed as they refuse to carry Eir. As I see someone else said, you need to change to Eir broadband
            Last edited by Wallyman; 31st-August-2018, 14:25.

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              For those in the US it has just been announced that ESPN & their streaming service ESPN+ will be broadcasting every Pro14 game through 2021. 142 games per season on the streaming service and then 10 marquee games will be broadcast on the TV.

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                Why more SA teams will enter PRO14 and it could spell doom for Super Rugby

                South African Rugby Union President Mark Alexander explains why they have decided to have one leg in the Northern Hemisphere, while keeping another in the Southern Hemisphere – report Rugby 365.

                The SARU boss said the addition of two more South African franchises to the Pro14 – most likely from 2019 – will give them the option to migrate fully to the north in the future.

                For now, they will maintain their rocky marriage with their SANZAAR partners, while strengthening their ever-growing relationship with their partners in the north.

                Alexander, at the South African launch of the 2018-19 Pro14 season, said they are “in negotiations” with their Euro partners to get the two additional teams added by next year – for the 2019-2020 season.

                “We are excited about introducing another two teams in the north,” the SARU boss said, adding: “We will have four [teams] in the north and four in the south.”

                He confirmed that the formal announcement of the identity of the two additional franchises for the Pro14 will be made “at the beginning of 2019”.

                It is an open ‘secret’ that the two newest SARU franchises, Griquas and Pumas, are being ‘prepared’ for the trek north.

                While it cost SARU a heft ZAR37-million in 2017 to enter the Cheetahs and Southern Kings in the Pro14, Alexander said it was part of a “long-term investment”.

                Some critics questioned whether it was a wise decision, given it contributed to a pre-tax loss of ZAR33.3-million for the 2017 financial year, Alexander said they will get big returns in the future.

                “If you look at the long-term, we have options now,” the SARU boss said, adding: “If, at some point in time, we don’t want to play in the south [against their SANZAAR rivals], we can move north.

                “It is also [good] for the [Springbok] coach.

                “We [SA teams] are playing against most of the teams [from] the tier one nations,” he said, in reference to competing against teams from New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the various competitions in the two hemispheres.

                “The only teams we won’t play against are [those from] England.

                “Most of the other [tier one] nations [have players] playing in these competitions.”

                He reiterated that some short-term losses will become long-term gains.

                “It works financially in the long-term, once we become a full member [of the Pro14 organisation] in the next round [2019/2020 season].

                “We are a full member of SANZAAR, which is a great competition for us as well. We will [become] a full member of Pro14.

                “There is no other nation in the world that has the opportunity to play in two hemispheres.”

                He said there is no danger the Pro14 will become the same failure as Super Rugby did with the constant addition of teams.

                “The structure [in Pro14] is different.

                “The biggest problem we face in [the] south [SANZAAR], is the distances between the teams and countries.

                “Here [Pro14] we have an overnight flight.

                “One looks at player welfare and playing in the north helps with player welfare.

                “We are playing in the same timezone and the same timezones also helps with the broadcasts.

                “Also, for a guy like [Springbok coach] Rassie [Erasmus], he can see how the players do in the north and the south.

                “Rassie has options now. He can play different types of players on the year-end tour.

                “We have ignored the [players in the] north for too long.”
                "The PRO12 is our domestic league, it's what you earn your bread and butter from; it's what pays the bills. We need to broaden our emphasis and get an understanding in Irish rugby that the domestic league from now on is most important and that's what qualifies you now for Europe.'' Garrett Fitzgerald, CEO Munster

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                  Is that a done deal or are they making an application to include more teams in Pro14.
                  Anybody who sees a psychiatrist would want their head examined. &nb sp;Henry Ford

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                    Originally posted by cornerboy View Post
                    Is that a done deal or are they making an application to include more teams in Pro14.
                    Say there still in talks. Hard to know what will happen due to the uncertain future of Super Rugby. But South Africa have been talking about having 4 teams in each competition since the move. Which 4 teams is also an issue, think Stomers, Sharks & Bulls have linked with a move to the PRO14. Could all depend on the TV deal Super Rugby are trying to negotiate for the 2020 season and beyond. Would be in line with what the PRO14 CEO David Anayi has been saying about wanting to expand again in South Africa and 16 being the perfect number of teams for the PRO14. All still up in the air I’d say.
                    "The PRO12 is our domestic league, it's what you earn your bread and butter from; it's what pays the bills. We need to broaden our emphasis and get an understanding in Irish rugby that the domestic league from now on is most important and that's what qualifies you now for Europe.'' Garrett Fitzgerald, CEO Munster

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                      I wouldn't be happy to see the Pumas and Griquas. In terms of standard they are lower than Cheetahs. Nelspuit and Kimberley are also difficult to get to (even more so than Port Elizabeth). I hope the Pro14 are saying we want at least one and preferably 2 from the Sharks, Lions and Stormers. The quality of team is higher and Durban, Jo'burg and Capetown are much easier destinations for fans and for teams. One or both of the Pumas or Griquas can then be entered into Super Rugby. Anything else is underselling the Pro14/16. We'd be better off with a Spanish and German franchise than Pumas and Griquas.

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                        Originally posted by AwayFromHome View Post
                        I wouldn't be happy to see the Pumas and Griquas. In terms of standard they are lower than Cheetahs. Nelspuit and Kimberley are also difficult to get to (even more so than Port Elizabeth). I hope the Pro14 are saying we want at least one and preferably 2 from the Sharks, Lions and Stormers. The quality of team is higher and Durban, Jo'burg and Capetown are much easier destinations for fans and for teams. One or both of the Pumas or Griquas can then be entered into Super Rugby. Anything else is underselling the Pro14/16. We'd be better off with a Spanish and German franchise than Pumas and Griquas.
                        Agree fully with this. Am a big fan of PRO14 expansion- but it needs to be accompanied by an increase in competitiveness, adding teams which get hammered by virtually everyone else will reduce the standing of the competition, and make it a step up from B&I, rather than a step below HCUP. It would work for us in terms of player development and player protection- but would seriously reduce what is on offer to regular attendees. As it is, there are four likely winners of the tournament, and we would need to mess up badly to not make playoffs, although a guaranteed semi spot (ie table topping in either conference) is certainly difficult. Our interpro games will retain interest- but we need more Scottish, Italian and Welsh teams being serious contenders. I was hopeful that we’d have two strong SA teams but alas, at this stage that looks unlikely (although Cheetahs did well enough last year), Pumas and Griquas just don’t fit what we need.

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                          Week 2:

                          Friday 7th Sep
                          7:35pm Glasgow v Munster Premier Sports/Eir Sport
                          7:35pm Ulster v Edinburgh Premier Sports/Eir Sport

                          Saturday 8th Sep
                          3pm Dragons v Southern Kings Premier Sports/Eir Sport
                          5:15pm Connacht v Zebre Premier Sports/TG4
                          5:30pm Ospreys v Cheetahs Premier Sports/S4C
                          7:35pm Scarlets v Leinster Premier Sports/Eir Sport/TG4
                          7:35pm Benetton v Cardiff Blues Free Sports

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                            What would be great would be for South Africa to have their players currently playing in the TOP14 to play in whichever additional teams are to play in the PRO14. With the addition of the saffers currently in France you would certainly make Pumas and Griquas competitive.
                            Daydreaming I know...
                            Good things happen to those who wait, though mostly much too late.

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                              Week 3:

                              Fri 14th Sep
                              7:35pm Edinburgh v Connacht Premier Sports/Eir Sport
                              7:35pm Munster v Ospreys Premier Sports/Eir Sport/TG4

                              Sat 15th Sep
                              5:15pm Leinster v Dragons Premier Sports/Eir Sport/TG4
                              5:15pm Scarlets v Benetton Premier Sports/Eir Sport/S4C
                              6:30pm Cheetahs v Glasgow Free Sports/Eir Sport
                              7:35pm Zebre v Cardiff Blues Premier Sports/Eir Sport

                              Sun 16th Sep
                              1:15pm Southern Kings v Ulster Premier Sports/Eir Sport

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                                After watching this last week-end matches, I somewhat fear for Munster's aim for Gold this season.
                                I know the season is only 2 weeks old but my predictions would be 1-Leinster, 2-Scarlets, 3-Glasgow, 4-Munster

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