BT sport visits the Lions
The Rugby Lions, Rugby School and the town itself have been asked to participate in a number of programmes for a significant national television station.
BT Sport have invested a figure to be reputed in the region of £1 billion to offer a rival package to Sky Sports. Of their chosen sports, rugby features prominently, with many Aviva Premiership games, and French competition matches too. A panel of experts, including Lawrence Dallaglio, Austin Healey, Ben Kay, Martin Bayfield, Matt Dawson have been assembled to offer educated punditry.
The programme plans on featuring Rugby – the town, and it’s teams - in a two-legged affair. The first is ‘pencilled in’ for filming on Saturday 14th September; planned to coincide with The Rugby Lions opening game of the new season against close rivals Rugby Welsh. The plan being to film in and around the Webb Ellis statue in the town, the museum and onto the school. Footage of the schools’ First XV will be followed by a feature from Webb Ellis Road – home of the Rugby Lions. This is liable to concentrate on the team’s plans for the coming season, and the experiences of a recently tumultuous time off the pitch.
The next feature is planned for the programme’s midweek airing on Wednesday 13th November. The school’s first XV and the Lions firsts will travel to the studio to be used by the expert pundits for demonstrations on the studio’s indoor pitch. The school wearing the infamous all-white kit, with the Lions sporting the all-black 2013-14 kit with its Children In Need sponsorship livery. The programme and it’s professionals have agreed to assist in raising the profile of the charity kit, which will be auctioned after the event in aid of the BBC event, which this year is on November 15th.