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BBC Wales wins Principality Premiership rights

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Principality Premiership games will be shown live on BBC Wales next season. Matches from the 2018-19 campaign will be shown on Friday evenings on BBC Two Wales and the BBC Sport website.

Ebbw Vale against Aberavon will kick off the coverage on 7 September, which will include festive derby matches on Boxing Day and New Year's Day whileScrum V on Sunday will show highlights.

"The revamped Premiership will be an exciting competition," BBC Cymru Waleshead of sport Geoff Williams said.

"This season, there is certain to be a significant amount of jeopardy and rivalry among the sides vying to be the best club side in Wales, and BBC Wales will be there to bring our audience all the drama from the touchline.

"Friday night rugby on the BBC has been a staple part of the sporting diet in Wales for many years and rugby fans will be delighted to see it continue."

The Premiership is to be cut back from 16 to 12 clubs at the end of the 2018-19 season, with promotion and relegation from the being reintroduced.

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