18th December 2017


Making History: Big Game 10

A landmark moment is on the horizon for Premiership Rugby. When 3:30pm on the 30th of December arrives, it will bring with it a first in the history of the competition; a fixture broadcast live on terrestrial television, the first of five live games to be shown on Channel 5 over the season.

Channel 5's coverage will be presented by Mark Durden-Smith and former England prop David Flatman, with "Flats" also supporting broadcaster Connor McNamara on commentary duties. 

David Flatman said "There's always a huge buzz during the festive period when the fans turn out in big numbers at Twickenham. It's a privilege to see in the New Year with some of the top performers in a head to head battle."

British Hockey Olympic Gold Medalist Sam Quek and former Northampton and England International Paul Grayson complete Channel 5's team.

Sam Quek said: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Channel 5 team for the first of the landmark live matches. As a rugby fan, I cannot wait to get down to Twickenham on the day for what should be a fantastic match for the neutrals!"

Channel 5's coverage will be produced by Sunset + Vine who has been producing live coverage of the Aviva Premiership since 2009. The company has transformed how live action is brought to the screens. From the first introduction of pitch walks to pre-game interviews with players warming up, innovation has been key.  It's relationship with the rugby authorities has led to the development of ref-cam and TMO decision-making.

"The Big Game", hosted annually by Harlequins as one of their regular home games, is a festive fixture like no other, taking place each December at Twickenham.  Big Game 10, will celebrate ten electric years at the home of rugby, and takes place on Saturday 30th December, kicking off at 4pm. Twickenham is expected to be packed with fans and team line-ups are likely to include England stars Chris Robshaw, Danny Care, Courtney Lawes and England Captain Dylan Hartley.

The Rugby Magazine

Written by Edward Kerr
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