ESPN acquires Rugby Sevens rights in UK

UK pay-television broadcaster ESPN has acquired exclusive live rights for the 2012 edition of the Premiership Rugby Sevens tournament.

ESPN will show live coverage of all matches, including those from each of the three round-robin regional qualifying pools on Friday 13 July, Friday 20 July and Thursday 16 July, and the matches from the finals on Friday 3 August. Six 14-minute matches will be shown live, back-to-back, on each match night.

The competition features a team from each of the 12 clubs in English rugby union’s top-tier league, the Premiership.