Six-time Premiership champion with Leicester Tigers and Rugby World Cup winner with England, Ben Kay has made the move to BT Sport in time for the start of the new rugby season.
Ben Kay left his commentary position at ESPN to join BT Sport as a rugby expert and will be offering his views throughout the channels coverage.
"I can’t wait for the new season," he said. We’ve had a big launch at BT Sport, and after seeing the footballers get their big moment, our Premiership launch gives it a bit more reality that the rugby season is just around the corner.
"Our midweek show is next Wednesday to preview the season, and then we have four games on the opening weekend - which is great for the fans," said the former World Cup winner.
Kay also went on to explain how BT Sport is aiming to bring a different viewing experience to the average spectator.
"A lot of the areas that BT Sport are trying to address is to make the game more accessible to the average rugby supporter, as well as bringing in new supporters."
"There are lots of different ways to do that, but one of the best ways to do that is breaking down the barriers to enjoy the games."
"All the games will be on one channel; making it easier to follow. Also we will be keeping the games on at a similar time every week. This gives you the chance to put a date in the diary and know exactly when the rugby is going to be on."
The former Leicester forward is excited to see who will come out on top, come the end of the season.
"Leicester have been slightly destabilised by Matt O’Connor's departure and also Richard Cockerill’s ban - so a lot is going to go on the shoulders of Paul Burke and Jordan Murphy."
"Leicester will be there, or there abouts at the end of the season. But perhaps there are a few teams licking there lips, thinking they can steal a march on the Tigers this year."
Kay then went on to pick out his players to watch for the upcoming season. "For me, Christian Wade is one to keep an eye on. It’s that difficult season where everyone knows who he is and he now needs to back it up. From what I’ve seen, he has the potential to do that and be an absolute superstar."
"Matt Kvesic is another guy for me. He starred on the tour of Argentina for England, and I see him having a big future in the game. It will be worth watching him at Gloucester this season."
"There’s also Anthony Watson at Bath – I think that’s a good move for him from London Irish, and he’s a player to keep an eye on."
The new Aviva Premiership season kicks off this evening as Newcastle Falcons take on Bath. The game is live on BT Sport 1 and kicks off at 7.45pm.
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