Rugby League

4:50pm Sunday 11 November on BBC TWO

Mark Chapman is at Salford City Stadium for live coverage of the autumn internationals final.

England, Wales and France were the sides competing for a place in the final of the competition that offers them a chance to prepare for next year’s World Cup.

2:15pm Saturday 3 November on BBC ONE

Mark Chapman hosts live coverage of the third match in the Autumn International Series, in which England take on France at Craven Park, Hull.

This battle between Europe’s top two international rugby league teams should be an enthralling encounter. England will be favourites, but are playing their first tournament without talismanic former captain Jamie Peacock, who has retired from the international game.

Steve McNamara’s side will also have to cope without the likes of injured Warrington forward Ben Westwood, and influential prop James Graham – so the pack will need to impress against a physical French outfit who will call on a number of stars from Catalan Dragons – who reached the Super League play-offs this season.

5:00pm Sunday 7 October on BBC TWO

Clare Balding introduces highlights of the 16th Grand Final, with studio guest Brian Noble on hand to offer expert analysis.

Leeds Rhinos secured their fourth Grand Final victory in the last five years with a 32-16 triumph over St Helens 12 months ago. The mercurial Rob Burrow was at his elusive best as he became just the second man to win two Harry Sunderland awards following his man-of-the-match display. Who will be celebrating at Old Trafford this year as the domestic rugby league season reaches its climax?

Commentary from Dave Woods and Jonathan Davies.

5:15pm Sunday 15 July on BBC TWO

Clare Balding is at the City of Salford Community Stadium to present live coverage of the weekend’s second Challenge Cup semi-final, as Huddersfield take on Warrington.

The game is a re-run of the 2009 final when the Wolves ran out 25-16 winners against the Giants. Warrington are looking to seal a third trip to Wembley in four seasons, having successfully defended the trophy in 2010.

Victory for Huddersfield would leave them one win away from clinching their first Challenge Cup since 1953.

Commentary comes from Ray French and Jonathan Davies.

5:15pm Saturday 14 July on BBC TWO

Clare Balding presents live coverage from the Galpharm Stadium as Leeds Rhinos take on Wigan Warriors in the first semi-final of this year’s Challenge Cup.

With a place at Wembley at stake, Leeds will be looking to gain revenge for their 28-18 defeat by Wigan in last year’s final.

Warriors will be in a confident mood after their convincing quarter-final victory over St Helens, while the Rhinos are guaranteed a tougher assignment than they faced in the last eight when they beat Leigh 60-12.

Commentary comes from Dave Woods and Jonathan Davies.

2:00pm Saturday 29 October on BBC ONE

Clare Balding is at the Leigh Sports Village as England meet debutants Wales on the opening weekend of the Four Nations tournament

4:30pm Sunday 9 October on BBC TWO

Clare Balding introduces highlights of the Super League Grand Final from Old Trafford

4:15pm Saturday 6 August on BBC TWO

Clare Balding presents live coverage of this weekend’s Challenge Cup semi-finals, with a place at this month’s Wembley final awaiting the winners (BBC Two also has live Rugby Union coverage as Scotland face Ireland in a World Cup warm-up match at Murrayfield)

7:45am Saturday 23 October on BBC TWO

Wellington’s Westpac Stadium is the venue for the opening game of the 2010 Four Nations campaign (defending champions Australia face Papua New Guinea tomorrow)

The Carnegie Challenge Cup Final, Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious knockout competition, will be broadcast live for the first time in high definition on the BBC HD channel (Saturday 28 August, kick off 2.30pm, BBC HD & BBC One).

Challenge Cup holders Warrington Wolves will take on Super league champions Leeds Rhinos in the Wembley showpiece final with the match being simulcast live on BBC One, BBC HD and streamed live on the BBC Sport website.

Clare Balding will present BBC’s TV coverage alongside studio guests Brian Noble and Justin Morgan, with in-game commentary coming from Dave Woods and Jonathan Davies. The pitchside reporting team will include Tanya Arnold, Damien Johnson and Robbie Paul.

Carl Hicks, BBC Sport Editor, says: “The Challenge Cup Final between Leeds and Warrington will be an epic contest featuring two giants of the game and with the final being shown live in HD for the first time on the BBC, viewers around the country will be able to see Rugby League in its finest glory.

“The Challenge Cup Final is one of the crown jewels in the BBC Sport schedule and we will be covering the match comprehensively across all of our platforms with over a million fans tuning in to one of sport’s must see events in the calendar.”

Pre-match coverage of the Cup final will start at 1.30pm via the BBC Red Button with the full programme coming live from Wembley at 2.10pm on BBC One and BBC HD. Post-match will see the popular Rugby League forum being aired for 30 minutes via BBC Red Button.

BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will also carry extensive coverage from the final, including live commentary from Wembley and a full Challenge Cup Final preview broadcast live on 5 Live on Friday 27 August from 7pm.

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