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Here's how you can enjoy all the action from the Rugby World Cup on ITV Cymru Wales

Here's the line-up for ITV Cymru Wales' Rugby World Cup coverage. Credit: Huw John

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.

We know the special place that international rugby holds for viewers in Wales and it doesn’t get bigger than the Rugby World Cup. Viewers in Wales rightly expect the very best from their rugby coverage, so I’m delighted that we’ll be producing live coverage of Wales’ pool games with Eddie Butler as a part of the ITV Wales team.

Every World Cup game that Wales play is important, but the match against England promises to be a ‘Super Bowl moment’ for the whole country. There aren’t many things that can move Simon Cowell and X Factor out of the ITV Saturday night schedule; this game is one of those things and it shows how special this game is going to be for viewers in Wales and for ITV.

– Phil Henfrey, ITV Cymru Wales Head of News

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.

Former Wales stars Andy Moore and Eddie Butler will be providing commentary on the games. Credit: Huw John

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.

Welsh rugby fans are in for a feast of action and analysis on ITV Cymru Wales as we prepare for our biggest and most ambitious Rugby World Cup ever.

With Eddie Butler and Andy Moore providing live commentary, supported by an illustrious team of ex-Wales stars as our studio pundits and expertly anchored by Frances Donovan, viewers will be getting authoritative and insightful coverage of all of Wales’ pool games.

And there will be up-to-the-minute updates for mobile and tablet users and comprehensive news coverage throughout the tournament in our evening news programme Wales at Six - hopefully capturing a triumphant Wales campaign.

– Zoe Thomas, editor of ITV Cymru Wales' Rugby World Cup coverage
We'll have live matches, preview and highlight programmes bringing you all the action from the Wales camp. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

ITV Cymru Wales’ coverage is being produced in association with Welsh independent production company Slam Media.

There will also be tailored content of Wales’ progress in the tournament on our news website, the ITV News App, our Facebook page and Twitter account.

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.

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