Il 6 Nations femminile entra in una nuova era, nell’anno della WRWC.
Il Six Nations Council ha infatti annunciato che l’edizione 2017 sarà la prima in cui tutte le partite saranno prodotte per essere trasmesse in televisione con riprese ad alta qualità e saranno disponibili in tv, canali youtube o con dirette ‘live’ su Facebook. Domenica sera – come accade su ITV per le gare di Aviva Premiership, per esempio – sulla BBC ci sarà un programma dedicato in cui si potranno vedere gli highlights di tutte le gare.
Inoltre, in ogni gara sarà presente un Six Nations Rugby match manager che garantirà che gli standard minimi di qualità – si parla anche degli stadi in cui verranno giocate le partite – vengano rispettati.
È stato anche presentato il nuovo logo – riportato poco più sopra – dedicato, con la scritta “Women’s” che finora non appariva.
Ecco, di seguito, il comunicato ufficiale del 6 Nations:
“The Six Nations Council are delighted to announce significant new initiatives to help raise the profile of the Women’s Six Nations from the forthcoming season. This major development will help enhance the Women’s Six Nations Championship in a number of key areas.
In an aim to develop Women’s rugby and to increase the profile of the Women’s Six Nations Championship, the Six Nations Council have worked with the six unions involved to ensure that all matches will be produced for television to a high quality broadcast standard.
In doing so, it will ensure that each country’s Women’s Six Nations Championship matches are available live either on television or streamed live on Six Nations YouTube / Facebook channels.
A roundup highlights programme will also be available on BBC Network on Sunday evenings
In addition to broadcasting, the Six Nations Council have worked with all six unions to set minimum standards to be applied at each venue hosting a Women’s Six Nations Championship match. Each match will be attended by a Six Nations Rugby match manager to ensure that these standards are applied in all aspects.
There will also be new dedicated social channels. A new especially developed logo has also been introduced to give the Women’s Six Nations Championship its own identity.
John Feehan, Chief Executive of Six Nations Rugby said: “This is an exciting development for Women’s rugby and it will give us a great base to work on for the future.
For the first time in the history of the Six Nations Women’s Championship, supporters in each country will be able to watch all of their team’s matches live and to a high quality standard whether they are playing at home or away.
This forms part of the ongoing work done by the Six Nations Council who are constantly looking at the Championship within the context of the global rugby landscape and at ways of developing our sport. ”