Fans of English rugby are preparing for a black-hole weekend of television coverage as BT Sport decided against filling the gaps left by Champions Cup rugby with repeats of previous matches.

The broadcaster was due to show every Champions and Challenge Cup match live this weekend, as well as a highlights show, but will instead replace those fixtures with Ligue 1 and Bundesliga football coverage. BT Sport holds the exclusive rights to Premiership and European coverage in the UK, so there will be no footage of English rugby on television this weekend.

After Premiership organisers decided against bringing two rounds of league fixtures forward to fill the void left by the Champions Cup postponement, Telegraph Sport understands that negotiations between BT Sport, Saracens and Ealing to televise the first match in the Trailfinders Challenge Cup, taking place this weekend, had been ongoing this week.

Despite reports to the contrary, Telegraph Sport understands that the plug has been pulled on those exploratory talks, however, due to the short time-frame and logistical difficulties involved. Saturday’s match, in which Billy Vunipola is expected to feature for Saracens at Vallis Way, will be available to stream through the clubs’ websites. BT Sport will now be left with no live rugby on their channels until Jan 29. The broadcaster was contacted by Telegraph Sport, but it did not wish to comment.

With no media outlet holding the rights to the French Top 14, the only live action available for rugby fans this weekend will be Saturday’s rearranged Pro14 match between Glasgow and Edinburgh at Scotstoun, to be broadcast on pay-channel, Premier Sports. Sky Sports will be showing repeats of British and Irish Lions Test matches, however.

As previously reported, BT Sport had expressed its desire to see the Premiership fixtures brought forward and will now wait to see the outcome on the European fixture schedule before assessing its stance on rebates.