TG4 has announced that, as part of its ongoing commitment to the 20x20 campaign and increasing female participation in sport, Rugbaí Beo will feature an all-female analysis and commentary team for the upcoming Pro14 clash between Leinster and Cardiff.
Female analysts have been a key feature of Rugbaí Beo’s revamped coverage over the past two years but this will be the first time in Irish broadcasting that a rugby game will be fully voiced and analysed by female talent.
Rugbaí Beo presenter Máire Treasa Ní Dhubghaill will be joined by former and current Irish International players Derbhile Níc a Bhaird, Eimear Considine and Jenny Murphy for analysis while Máire Ní Bhraonáin will provide commentary.
Commenting on the development, Rónán Ó Coisdealbha, TG4 head of sport said:
"We are delighted to have talent of the calibre of Deirbhile, Eimear and Jenny joining Máire Treasa and Máire Ní Bhraonáin to provide their expert analysis in a further development of the Rugbaí Beo brand.
"TG4 have a deep commitment to female participation in sport and firmly believe in the underlying principle of the 20x20 campaign, that ‘if she can’t see it, she can’t be it’.
"Sunday’s coverage will be a realisation of the pledge we made in March 2019 to develop female commentary talent and another step on the road to addressing the lack of visibility and cultural perceptions of women in sport."
Sunday's game, which is being played at the RDS, kicks-off at 5:15pm with coverage beginning 20 minutes earlier.
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