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Off The Ball's Joe Molloy will present TV3's Six Nations coverage

Ronan O’Gara, Shane Horgan, Shane Jennings and Matt Williams make up the panel, while Dave McIntyre and Alan Quinlan will provide commentary.

TV3 HAS ANNOUNCED its line-up for next year’s Six Nations tournament.

Back in November 2015, the broadcaster secured rights to show exclusive Irish coverage of the tournament from 2018 to 2021, with RTÉ admitting at the time that it was “extremely disappointed” to lose out.

Both Matt Cooper and Tommy Martin have anchored TV3′s rugby coverage in the past, but it was confirmed today that Joe Molloy has been handed the presenter’s job.

TV3 Announces Line-up for 2017 Six Nations Rugby Championship Coverage From left to right: Shane Jennings, Ronan O'Gara, Sinead Kissane, Shane Horgan, Matt Williams, Alan Quinlan and Joe Molloy at the Aviva Stadium today. Source: Brendan Moran/SPORTSFILE

Celbridge native Molloy is best-known for his work on Newtalk’s Off The Ball over the past five years, while he has also featured on a couple of sports-related programmes on TV3.

The in-studio panel will be made up with Ronan O’Gara, Shane Horgan, Shane Jennings and Matt Williams. Dave McIntyre will be joined by Alan Quinlan on commentating duties and Sinead Kissane is their touchline reporter.

I feel very privileged and honoured to be part of TV3’s NatWest Six Nations programming,” said Molloy. “I’m excited to be part of this great adventure with TV3 and very much look forward to working with such a great team of expert panellists.”

TV3 Group Managing Director, Pat Kiely added: “We are very excited and honoured to become the exclusive Irish broadcaster of the NatWest Six Nations. A tournament of this stature really deserves the calibre of production, presentation and punditry talent we are announcing today.

The Six Nations begins on Saturday, 3 February.

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