Wales fall international vs France to air unscrambled as ITV4 revealed as broadcaster

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The Wales fall international against France will air on ITV4.An official announcement has yet to be made on the English-language broadcaster for Wales’s clash against France in Paris next Saturday – S4C having already confirmed having rights in Welsh.

But next weekend’s TV shows showed ITV4 will be screening the October 24 game – with those involved supposedly awaiting final confirmation of broadcast plans.

It follows the announcement that ITV4 will broadcast Scotland’s first Autumn International against Georgia.

ITV4 coverage of France v Wales will begin at 7:30 p.m. before kick-off at 8:00 p.m.

Mark Pougatch is listed as the game’s presenter, with analysis to be provided by former Welsh internationals Gareth Thomas and James Hook, and commentary by Martin Gillingham and Shane Williams.

It will be the fourth English-language channel on which the Wales autumn matches will be broadcast – and the third unencrypted.

After France’s match on ITV4, the BBC will show the revamped Six Nations clash with Scotland the following week.

Channel 4 has the rights to the Wales Fall Nations Cup opener against Ireland on 13 November.

The following Fall Nations Cup matches will then be available on the Amazon Prime subscription service.

All matches will also be available on S4C.

The match against France seems to be going despite some sticking points that threaten it in recent weeks.

For starters, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that a curfew would be introduced, ordering people to stay home after 9 p.m. – the exact time the Wales game started. A state of emergency in the country has been declared.

There had also been a dispute between the French Rugby Federation and the Top 14 clubs which threatened the match, but which seems to have found a solution.

French clubs refused to release their players, arguing that the planned six international matches were unacceptable.

At one point, it even looked like France might have to field a team of U20s and second division players.

But L’Equipe are now reporting that a compromise will see France select two teams of 31 players for the six matches this fall, one group playing the first three matches and the other playing the second three.

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