John Feehan, Chief Executive, Rabodirect PRO12 today confirmed the live television fixtures for the RaboDirect PRO12 Round 13 (January 6/7) weekend through to the Round 19 (March 30/31) weekend.
'I am also delighted to be able to advise that we have recently secured a TV deal in Italy with RAI and they will be covering live all matches in Italy, some of which will also be shown live in other territories.
'There are some great games to look forward to in the New Year: big local derbies such as Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets will be live on S4C on March 24th and a week later, Munster vs Leinster will be shown live on RTE.
'In Round 22, where all matches are required to be played simultaneously, the kick off arrangements for these matches are that they will be played on Saturday May 5th at 6.30pm (7.30 in Italy). It should lead to a fitting finale for what is so far proving to be a very successful first season for the RaboDirect PRO12.'
Commenting on the support for the first eight rounds Feehan added 'I am delighted to announce that the TV audiences for the RaboDirect PRO12 to date are up on last season and match tickets sold are on par with like for like games in 2010/11.
'Also I am happy to report that 'traditional' media coverage has been really excellent plus our website hits, facebook likes and twitter followers are ahead of target. This is very important considering the recent Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
'I would like to pay tribute to our new sponsors RaboDirect who have strongly supported their sponsorship across all areas, as they promised they would.
'And finally I would like to offer my congratulations to all the RaboDirect PRO12 teams and clubs in their recent European matches and we look forward to many more thrilling games in the RaboDirect PRO12 in the months ahead.' he concluded.
RAI will commence coverage from this weekend (Round 9) as host broadcaster for Benetton Treviso v Leinster on Saturday 26th November. This game will also be shown live on RTE (2pm in Ireland).
RAI will also act as secondary broadcaster for the Cardiff Blues v Aironi game on Thursday 24 November (8.30pm in Italy)
In Round 13 the home match involving Cardiff Blues (Blues v Leinster); and in Round 15 the home matches involving Cardiff Blues (Blues v Ulster) and Ospreys (Ospreys v Aironi) cannot be confirmed at this stage as venue availability is not yet known due to possible FA Cup involvement by their respective home football teams.
Secondary live TV coverage and any outstanding non-TV games will be confirmed as soon as possible.
All fixtures, venues and broadcast schedules are subject to change