BBC Radio 5 live will carry more rugby league than ever before this season, the station has confirmed.
The day after the new Super League season was launched in Manchester, 5 live announced that it will broadcast a new dedicated programme for the sport on sister station 5 live sports extra.
5 live Rugby League will feature more than 70 live commentary games on Thursday and Friday evenings and will be hosted by rugby league correspondent Dave Woods.
The station’s other specialists, George Riley and Stuart Pyke, will also contribute to the show, which is produced by Manchester-based PDI Media, who previously made the Super League Show for BBC Television.
There will also be news, interviews and debate, and selected programmes will feature live commentary from BBC local radio.
BBC Radio 5 live controller Jonathan Wall said: “It is our biggest ever commitment to rugby league – more matches, more build-up, and more interviews from an experienced team of broadcasters, producers and expert summarisers who love this sport and are passionate about it.
“New partnerships with the Super League TV show and BBC local radio will help take our coverage to a new level.”
The first programme will be broadcast on Friday from 7.30pm with full match commentary of the Super League clash between Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants.