New TV deal gives Catalans Dragons boost

Drew Darbyshire
Catalans Dragons players celebrate SWpix

Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix

Catalans Dragons’ TV games have received a welcome boost, with the their French nationwide free-to-view live coverage now crossing the border in to Spain.

Following the launch of their national French coverage through L’Equipe, the club’s televised Super League matches will also be shown in Spain via TV3, the main Catalunya television channel.

The coverage will start in their match against Leeds at Headingley a week on Saturday. It will continue with the Dragons’ home game against Warrington on April 8, against St Helens on May 5; and their Magic Weekend clash against Wigan at St James’ Park in Newcastle on June 3.

Dragons commercial director Christophe Levy said: “We are delighted to announce this new agreement with TV3; and we thank RL Commercial and their partners IMG and RDA in England for their support.

“It’s great news for the development of the club.

“Since we played Wigan at Camp Nou in 2019; and with our Challenge Cup and Grand Final appearances broadcast live on the Catalan channel, the fact that regular season games are now shown helps to cement the club in the Catalan sporting landscape.

“This announcement comes in an important week for the club which will sign a partnership agreement on Saturday with the ‘Plataforma per la Llengua’ for the promotion of the Catalan language at the Gilbert Brutus stadium.

“Òscar Escuder i de la Torre, the President of ‘Plataforma per la Llengua’, will attend the game against Hull KR at the stadium on Saturday.”

Catalans Dragons fixtures on TV3 schedule

Leeds Rhinos (A) – March 25

Warrington Wolves (H) – April 8

St Helens (H) – May 5

Wigan Warriors (Magic) – June 3

The Dragons are currently joint top of the Super League table after four rounds of the 2023 campaign. Only Catalans and Warrington have won every game they’ve played so far.