RTÉ announce punditry team for Women's World Cup

RTÉ announce punditry team for Women's World Cup

RTÉ has announced its punditry team as TV coverage is confirmed with one month to go until the FIFA Women's World Cup.

The national broadcaster will show all 64 games live as Vera Pauw's Ireland team appear at their first-ever major tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

Evanne Ní Chuilinn, Peter Collins, Clare MacNamara, and Marie Crowe will present RTÉ's TV coverage, with several former and current international stars set to feature across TV and radio.

Stephanie Roche, Clare Shine, Karen Duggan, and Méabh De Búrca are among the Irish names involved, with Scottish pair Jen Beattie (Arsenal) and Rachel Corsie (Aston Villa) set to provide analysis on their clubmates.

Roche and Shine will join George Hamilton, Des Curran, and Adrian Eames on the commentary team, while Duggan, De Búrca, Beattie, and Corsie will appear alongside Richie Sadlier—and others yet to be announced—on the panel of studio experts.

RTÉ Soccer Correspondent Tony O'Donoghue will report from Australia alongside Samantha Libreri and Paul O'Flynn.

"Irish women's sports will reach brand new heights when Vera Pauw takes the Republic of Ireland side to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 for the very first time next month," Group Head of RTÉ Sport, Declan McBennett, said.

"RTÉ has long been a strong supporter of women's football, bringing World Cup and Euro qualifiers free-to-air to Irish viewers—from the early days to that historic night in Glasgow—so it's especially appropriate that we will be there again to follow the Republic of Ireland as they break new ground. We are both proud and delighted to bring all the action from Australia and New Zealand this summer," he added.

Ireland will open their Group B campaign against co-hosts Australia at Sydney's Stadium Australia on July 20 before facing Canada in Perth and Nigeria in Brisbane.