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NBC Sports Gold Offers Every Aviva Premiership Rugby Match from Round 19 through the final

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NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product — will give fans access to every Aviva Premiership Rugby match from Round 19 through the final with its new “Rugby Pass.” The direct-to-consumer pass, powered by Playmaker Media, will offer fans in the U.S. unprecedented commercial-free coverage, live and on-demand, on mobile, tablet and connected TV devices.

NBC Sports Gold “Rugby Pass” features every match (six per round) from Round 19, which begins April 7, through the exciting conclusion of the 2016-17 season Semi-Finals and Final. The “Rugby Pass” can be purchased in advance for $29.99 starting today by visiting NBCSportsGold.com.

“We are excited to offer rugby fans more access to the sport they love on NBC Sports Gold,” said Portia Archer, Vice President, Direct-to-Consumer Services, NBC Sports Group. “From the Saracens in London to the Falcons in Newcastle, rugby fans have more ways to follow their club than ever before.”

NBC Sports Gold also offers a “Cycling Pass,” which began with the 2016 Tour de France.

NBC Sports Gold is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and online at NBCSportsGold.com. NBC Sports Gold is powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s technology service which provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.

NBC SPORTS GOLD “RUGBY PASS” SCHEDULE:

Date Time Match
Fri., April 7 2:45 p.m. Sale Sharks vs. Worcester Warriors
Fri., April 7 3 p.m. Newcastle Falcons vs. Gloucester
Sat., April 8 9 a.m. Bath vs. Leicester Tigers
Sat., April 8 10 a.m. Exeter Chiefs vs. Bristol
Sat., April 8 11:30 a.m. Saracens vs. Harlequins
Sun., April 9 10 a.m. Wasps vs. Northampton Saints
Fri., April 14 2:45 p.m. Harlequins vs. Exeter Chiefs
Sat., April 15 10 a.m. Worcester Warriors vs. Bath
Sat., April 15 10 a.m. Leicester Tigers vs. Newcastle Falcons
Sat., April 15 10 a.m. Gloucester vs. Sale Sharks
Sun., April 16 10 a.m. Northampton Saints vs. Saracens
Sun., April 16 10 a.m. Bristol vs. Wasps
Fri., April 28 2:45 p.m. Harlequins vs. Wasps
Fri., April 28 3 p.m. Newcastle Falcons vs. Worcester Warriors
Sat., April 29 10 a.m. Exeter Cheifs vs. Northampton Saints
Sat., April 29 10 a.m. Leicester Tigers vs. Sale Sharks
Sat., April 29 10 a.m. Saracens vs. Bristol
Sun., April 30 10 a.m. Bath vs. Gloucester
Sat., May 6 TBD Worcester Warriors vs. Leicester Tigers
Sat., May 6 TBD Sale Sharks vs. Bath
Sat., May 6 TBD Gloucester vs. Exeter Chiefs
Sat., May 6 TBD Wasps vs. Saracens
Sat., May 6 TBD Northampton Saints vs. Harlequins
Sat., May 6 TBD Bristol vs. Newcastle Falcons
Fri., May 19 TBD Semifinal
Sat., May 20 TBD Semifinal
Sat., May 27 TBD Final

NatWest 6 Nations fantasy update

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In the first of two NatWest 6 Nations Fantasy Rugby specials, we’re looking at the forwards who have impressed so far in the Championship.

After two thrilling rounds of the NatWest 6 Nations, England and Ireland are both unbeaten with Wales and Scotland breathing down their necks with one win each.

Just like the Championship, the fantasy rugby is also heating up with the third week set to be decisive as the quest for supremacy continues.

Hookers

Ireland captain Rory Best leads the way amongst the hookers after captaining Ireland to victories over France and Italy in the opening two rounds.

Best’s points are boosted by a try with England skipper Dylan Hartley not far behind followed by Wales’ Ken Owens and France’s Guilhem Guirado.

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Owens is the cheapest hooker amongst the top five performers to date with England’s Jamie George closing in on Hartley despite coming on as a replacement in both games.

Rory Best (14.60) – 67
Dylan Hartley (13.95) – 44.4
Ken Owens (11.55) – 39
Guilhem Guirado (14.35) – 37.6
Jamie George (13.80) – 34.6

Props

England’s start props Mako Vunipola and Dan Cole are the highest scorers here with the former’s 30 tackles and 21 metres carried helping him to top the rankings.

Ireland’s Jack McGrath and Andrew Porter are both cheaper and have scored strong points from their opening two games with Rob Evans offering good value at 11.50 stars.

Mako Vunipola (14.75) – 73.6
Dan Cole (14.15) – 52.8
Jack McGrath (13.00) – 43.6
Andrew Porter (12.70) – 40.4
Rob Evans (11.50) – 33.8

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Lock

The locks continue to offer exciting value to Fantasy Rugby players with Joe Launchbury’s 29 tackles and two defenders beaten putting him at the top here.

England teammate Maro Itoje is a close second with Aaron Shingler, the cheapest option of the five, in third after making 85 meters in the first two games.

Courtney Lawes is a point further back, but much more expensive, with Iain Henderson also offering good value after picking up 55.8 points so far in the Championship.

Joe Launchbury (14.85) – 76.2
Maro Itoje (16.35) – 74.8
Aaron Shingler (13.45) – 69.6
Courtney Lawes (15.05) – 68.2
Iain Henderson (14.25) – 55.8

Loose forwards

Two tries on his NatWest 6 Nations debut has helped Sam Simmonds to the top of the loose forwards but he’s been ruled out of Round Three.

That could see Chris Robshaw selected by more players with a trio of Irish offering value ahead of the visit of Wales to Dublin this weekend.

Sam Simmonds (17.15) – 110.6
Chris Robshaw (14.80) – 75.2
Sean O’Mahony (14.65) – 74.8
Dan Leavy (11.35) – 59.4
CJ Stander (15.35) – 58.6

France’s Morgan Parra to undergo knee surgery, miss rest of 6 Nations

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Clermont Auvergne has reportedly confirmed France scrum-half Morgan Parra will miss the remainder of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations Championship. The Frenchman is set undergo arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus he sustained last month.

Parra, 29, was initially prescribed three weeks of rest following the injury. He is now expected to be out four-to-six weeks before shifting his focus to Clermont’s Champions Cup.

France, seeking their first 6 Nations Championship title, opened their campaign with losses to Ireland and Scotland in the first two rounds.

Action will resume with Round Three on Friday, Feb. 23. Every match can be seen with NBC Sports Gold Rugby Pass.

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