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Amazon apologises for telling rugby fan Northern Ireland is not part of UK

Amazon has apologised after telling a Prime viewer that Northern Ireland is not part of the UK

AMAZON has apologised for telling a rugby fan that Northern Ireland is not part of the UK.

The online shopping and media giant is broadcasting coverage of the inaugural Rugby Autumn Nations Cup to its Prime Video subscribers.

When fan Chris Jones asked why he was not able to watch the action from his home in Northern Ireland, an Amazon customer service adviser tweeted: "Rugby Autumn Nations Cup coverage is exclusively available to Prime members based in the UK. We don't have the rights to other territories."

The Twitter exchange prompted some witty responses from people who claimed Amazon had unwittingly declared Irish unity.

Co Wicklow-born comedian Dara Ó Briain said: "Amazon Prime have delivered a United Ireland, and before 6pm on the same day."

Another Twitter user changed the Free Derry mural to read 'You are now entering Free Delivery'.

Amazon later apologised.

"We apologise for the error in our colleague’s response," it tweeted.

"Our Prime Video subscribers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK can access and watch the Rugby Autumn Nations Cup on Prime Video as part of their subscription."

Former Ulster Unionist MLA Ross Hussey joked that Amazon had almost prompted an "international incident".

"NI rightfully returned to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland," he tweeted.

Ireland beat Wales in the Rugby Autumn Nations Cup at Dublin's Aviva Stadium on Friday and face England next weekend.

Sports fans in the north have previously complained of being unable to access soccer and GAA matches as well as other programmes on RTÉ because they are treated as 'international' viewers.

RTÉ and other broadcasters restrict the access of many viewers through a process known as geo-blocking.

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