BBC to show Challenge Cup Final in HD
Monday, August 23 2010, 10:16 BST
By Andrew Laughlin,
The BBC has confirmed plans to show Rugby League's Carnegie Challenge Cup Final next weekend in high definition for the first time.
On August 28 at 2.30pm, coverage of Challenge Cup holders Warrington Wolves taking on Super league champions Leeds Rhinos at Wembley will be aired on BBC HD, as well as BBC One.
Claire Balding will present the coverage, alongside studio guests Brian Noble and Justin Morgan. Match commentary will come from Dave Woods and Jonathan Davies, while Tanya Arnold, Damien Johnson and Robbie Paul will provide pitchside reports.
"The Challenge Cup Final between Leeds and Warrington will be an epic contest featuring two giants of the game and with the final being shown live in HD for the first time on the BBC, viewers around the country will be able to see Rugby League in its finest glory," said BBC Sport editor Carl Hicks.
"The Challenge Cup Final is one of the crown jewels in the BBC Sport schedule and we will be covering the match comprehensively across all of our platforms with over a million fans tuning in to one of sport's must see events in the calendar."
Pre-match coverage of the final will begin at 1.30pm on the Red Button, which will also offer post match discussion from the Rugby League forum for 30 minutes after the game ends.
BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will also broadcast extensive coverage of the final, including a preview programme on August 27 from 7pm and live commentary from Wembley the following day.