ITV Cymru Wales will be capturing all the thrills, tension and drama of Wales’ games in Rugby World Cup 2015 - available to watch for the first time in super-sharp HD.
We'll be producing live, comprehensive coverage of Wales' Pool A matches against Uruguay, England, Fiji and Australia, as well as preview and highlights programmes, making a total of 17 hours of Rugby World Cup programming for viewers in Wales up to the end of the pool stages.
Former Wales rugby captain and broadcaster Eddie Butler will be our match-day commentator.
Watch: Dean Thomas reports from the Millennium Stadium.
Frances Donovan will present the live games alongside a star line-up of Welsh rugby legends, including Phil Bennett, Mike Hall, Dafydd James, Adam Jones, Ryan Jones and Rhys Williams.
Former Wales scrum-half Andy Moore will join Eddie Butler in the commentary box.
WRU Head of Rugby and former England back Josh Lewsey will join us pitchside for the England v Wales game at Twickenham on September 26th, and former England coach Brian Ashton will be the studio analyst.
For the first time, all of Wales’ games will be available to watch in HD - on Freeview, Sky, Freesat and Cable - following the launch of the ITV Cymru Wales HD channel at the end of last month.
The Wales coverage will complement ITV’s coverage of every game in the tournament which sees hosts England in the same group as Wales.
Frances Donovan will present the live and preview programmes from ITV Wales’ studio in Cardiff Bay with Nick Hartley presenting the highlights programmes. Dean Thomas will be ITV Wales' pitchside reporter.
We'll also be live with the crowds in the official 'fanzone' in Cardiff Arms Park, following the drama of the tournament alongside the supporters. ITV has been bringing the Rugby World Cup exclusively to UK viewers since 1991 and this is ITV Cymru Wales’ most ambitious coverage of the Wales team to date.
ITV Cymru Wales’ coverage is being produced in association with Welsh independent production company Slam Media.
For all other tournament matches viewers in Wales will re-join the ITV network.
ITV Cymru Wales will also be showing two special rugby-related programmes ahead of the tournament.
'It’s a Groggs Life' at 9pm on Tuesday September 15th looks at the iconic clay figures based on the legends of Welsh rugby, which are celebrating their 50th birthday this year. Narrated by Eddie Butler, the programme features contributions from Sir Gareth Edwards, Sam Warburton, Max Boyce, Martyn Williams, Tommy David and Graham Henry.
Then at 9.30pm we will be showing 'The Semi-Final That Was,' an updated programme from the 2011 Rugby World Cup about Wales’ agonising semi-final match, with recollections from Sam Warburton, Gareth Thomas, Max Boyce and First Minister Carwyn Jones among others.
Here's the schedule:
Friday September 18th World Cup curtain raiser - 11pm
Sunday September 20th Wales v Uruguay - Live from Millennium Stadium - 2pm Wales v Uruguay Highlights - 10:45pm
Friday September 25th England v Wales preview - 10:35pm
Saturday September 26th England v Wales - Live from Twickenham 7:15pm
Sunday September 27th England v Wales highlights, 11:30pm
Thursday October 1st Wales v Fiji - Live from Millennium Stadium - 4pm Wales v Fiji Highlights - 10:30pm
Saturday October 10th Wales v Australia - Live from Twickenham - 4:20pm
Sunday October 11th Wales' in the Pool Stages Highlights - 10:15pm.