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TV viewers across the UK are being given the chance to enjoy a live Aviva Premiership rugby union match for free this Friday (September 13th).

BT Sport is making the eagerly-awaited clash between Harlequins and Northampton Saints (7:45pm kick-off) available across a range of TV platforms.

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Not only will BT Sport and BT TV subscribers be able to enjoy the action, but so will Sky, Virgin and Freeview viewers.

They will be able to access BT Sport without a subscription between 7pm and 10pm on Friday, taking in the pre-match preview and all the action from The Stoop.

Viewers can watch Harlequins v Northampton on BT TV (channels 507/510/58), Sky (413/426), Virgin (547/549) and Freeview (57).

Customers who have subscribed to BT Sport already will be able to watch through their normal channels.

When Quins last faced the Saints in May, just three points separated the teams in a thrilling 22-19 win for the London side.

Simon Green, Head of BT Sport, said the free match is "a fantastic opportunity" for rugby fans who haven’t yet signed up to BT Sport to see how good the coverage is.

"It’s also a chance for those new to rugby to sample the action and be converted to the game," he stated.

"We want to bring the excitement of club rugby to as big an audience as possible. We are the new home of club rugby with exclusively live Aviva Premiership Rugby games across the season."

Mr Green said BT Sport is "very pleased" with its rugby union coverage so far, having shown four live games on the opening weekend.

"We’ve begun trying out a few different ways to present the games and feedback has been very positive," he stated.

Among the new innovations are in-match interviews, dressing room cameras and the new 'lineout cam' and 'kicking cam'.

"We will only use these innovations where it makes editorial sense and enhances the coverage," Mr Green added.

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