Fox Sports & Network Ten secure Rugby World Cup broadcast rights

Rugby World Cup appoints Australian broadcast rights to Foxtel's Fox Sports and Network Ten

Fox Sports have secured the broadcast and streaming rights for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, while Network Ten has secured catch-up rights.

Fox Sports will live stream and broadcast all 48 matches of the tournament on a dedicated channel for Foxtel subscribers, while free-to-air viewers will have access to 10 matches on Network 10 and its catch-up service 10 Play including every Wallabies game.

The Rugby World Cup 2019 will be held in Japan from September 20 to November 2 with games scheduled to screen during prime time in Australia.

Fox Sports will broadcast the games via a dedicated Rugby World Cup channel, which will include match previews, daily highlights, reviews, and archives. Foxtel said the rights reinforce the pay-TV provider’s status as “the home of rugby union in Australia”.

Peter Campbell, head of Fox Sports, said: “The Rugby World Cup 2019 is the biggest sports event this year and the only place to see all 48 games Live and ad-break free during play is on Fox Sports.

“And we will create history with every Rugby World Cup 2019 game available to Foxtel sports subscribers and exclusively Live in 4K Ultra HD – this will provide a stunning viewing experience like never before for sports fans.”

Paul Anderson, chief executive officer, Network Ten, said: “The 2019 Rugby World Cup is one of the biggest international sporting events of the year and the crown jewel in the rugby calendar. As the long-time home of Australian rugby, we’re super excited that we can continue to bring coverage of this great game to Australians live and free, wherever and however they choose to watch it.”

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