BT Sport, now known as TNT Sport, is the main TV provider for Premiership Rugby in the UK. Despite that, not a lot of people know many of the team who are commentators for BT. Who are the commentators for rugby on BT? Alastair Eykyn and Nick Mullins are the two main commentators for BT Sport. These two are usually joined by one or two of Martin Bayfield, Lawrence Dallaglio, Brian O’Driscoll, Austin Healey or Ugo Monye.
BT Sport has a very large team of commentators for their Premiership Rugby coverage. This is mainly because they often need three different teams for the games they are covering across a Premiership Rugby weekend.
Alastair Eykyn and Nick Mullins tend to be the two main commentators for BT Sport for their Premiership Rugby coverage. Mullins tends to be the main voice of rugby on BT Sport. He was the main commentator for the Premiership title in 2023 and he will continue to be a big part of the commentary team for BT Sport.
Mullins is one of the most recognisable voices in rugby considering how long he has worked on the sport for. He was a key acquisition for BT Sport in 2013 when the channel acquired the rights to Premiership Rugby and has commentated on the channel ever since. Mullins is also part of the BBC Commentary team for Wimbledon.
Alastair Eykyn has been a rugby union commentator for many years, previously working for BBC Radio 5 Live. He not only works for BT Sport on their Premiership Rugby coverage, but also on the Champions and Challenge Cup as well. Whichever one of these two is commentating, they will usually be joined by two former players.
BT Sport has a large selection of former professional rugby players who commentate on games. Ben Kay and Austin Healey are two of the primary commentators for the channel. Kay started for England in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final and won countless trophies with Leicester Tigers.
Healey is also a former England international and Leicester Tigers legend who is known for being incredibly outspoken and competitive. Former England legend Lawrence Dallaglio has worked with BT Sport for a number of years. While he is mainly used as an in-studio pundit, Dallaglio has worked in the commentary booth before.
Ugo Monye has been one of their key commentators for BT Sport over the last few years. The former Harlequins winger is very often used in a presenter role alongside his commentary. There have been a few new names added to the team at BT Sport.
They have added Emily Scarratt and Stuart Hogg to the team, although it is not yet known whether these two will become commentators or purely focus on the punditry side of coverage.
Who is the presenter of rugby tonight?
Rugby tonight is the main show about rugby currently on BT Sport. It features analysts and pundits talking about the week’s action. A lot of people are uncertain about who the host of the show is.
Sarra Elgan is the host of Rugby Tonight on BT Sport. Elgan is a Welsh sports presenter who has worked with BT Sport for many years. She has been working within rugby media for the last 16 years, having originally worked for ESPN and the BBC before moving to BT Sport.
She also works for S4C which is a Welsh channel which shows URC rugby. With TNT becoming the new name for BT Sport, it does not sound like there are any plans to change the host of Rugby Tonight.
Who are the rugby pundits on BT Sport tonight?
BT Sport has a long list of rugby pundits who will give their say on the action being shown live on the channel. Most of these pundits will be former professional rugby players.
Brian O’Driscoll is one of the main pundits for BT Sport, especially for their European rugby coverage. He is an Irish rugby legend, holding the record for the most tries in Six Nations history. O’Driscoll played for Ireland for 15 years, making over 130 appearances for his country.
O’Driscoll Is often joined by one of his former British and Irish Lions teammates. Sam Warburton is the former Lions captain who had to retire from the game at the age of 30 due to neck and back injuries. Warburton has been with BT Sport the last couple of years, mainly working in the studio on analysis of the technical side of the game.
There are also quite a few different former England internationals who are pundits for BT Sport. Alongside their commentary roles, Ben Kay and Austin Healey have been appearing on Rugby Tonight for many years on BT Sport. Kay is a Rugby World Cup winner with England as well as one of the most decorated domestic players in English rugby history.
Healey is one of the most versatile backs in rugby history, having played all over the backs for Leicester Tigers and England. His punditry tends to focus on the backs of the teams that are playing, able to carefully dissect what those teams are doing. Healey and Kay are both still going to be working with BT Sport after their rebranding to TNT Sport.
England world cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio has also appeared on Rugby Tonight quite a lot. The former Wasps captain has worked with BT since the channel acquired the rights to broadcast Premiership Rugby back in 2013. He is one of the most well respected minds in rugby and his input is always valued highly with BT.
Another former England player who often appears on Rugby Tonight is Ugo Monye. The former Harlequins winger is soon going to be presenting with BT Sport as well as being a pundit. Monye is often one of the key voices in any debates going on about rugby on BT Sport.
The channel is adding a couple of new pundits. Recently retired former Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg will join the channel for the 2023/24 season onwards. England Women’s Rugby World Cup winner Emily Scarratt is also joining the channel to give her expert punditry.