Rugby World Cup broadcast rights in Australia awarded to Stan Sport – Sporting News

Both the women’s and men’s Rugby World Cup will be broadcast exclusively in Australia on Stan Sport and Nine Network in a coup for the organisation.
Stan Sport will first televise the women’s Rugby World Cup – to be hosted in New Zealand, commencing on October 8 – with the tournament spanning 35 days.
In 2023, Stan Sport will broadcast all 48 matches during the men’s Rugby World Cup, which spans from September 9 until October 28 in France.
Wallabies matches and the final will also be shown on the Nine Network. 
Stan Sport will broadcast all matches from the men’s Rugby World Cup in 4K UHD.
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Stan Sport has been the premier broadcaster of rugby in Australia over the last 18 months and CEO Martin Kugeler was excited to be the exclusive broadcaster of the major tournaments.
“Since Stan Sport’s launch in February 2021, we have invested significantly to build a fresh and comprehensive rugby offering for fans in Australia,” Kugeler said.
“From grassroots to world class internationals and now the pinnacle of the game, the Rugby World Cups, Stan Sport continues to deliver more men’s and women’s rugby content than ever before.
“Together with our great partners at Rugby Australia, we have grown the audience for rugby significantly and this announcement further highlights our commitment to the game.
“Stan and Nine are uniquely positioned to broadcast the Rugby World Cup to more Australians than ever before with Nine’s Total TV assets (Stan, the Nine Network and 9Now) alongside all of our other channels, including publishing, digital and radio.
“There is no better place to showcase one of the biggest events in global sport and we can’t wait for the women’s World Cup action to kick off in New Zealand this October.”
World Rugby chief executive Alan Gilpin also spoke positively about the partnership with the Australian broadcaster.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Stan Sport to provide fans in Australia with unrivalled access to our men’s and women’s Rugby World Cups,” Gilpin said.
“Stan Sport is the home of rugby in Australia and we are excited by their plans to showcase the sport to new audiences through their innovative content and leading digital platforms.
“We are entering what will be a golden decade for rugby in Australia, culminating in hosting of the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cups in 2027 and 2029 respectively.
“The excitement is building and we are looking forward to working with Stan Sport and our friends at Rugby Australia to get all of Australia excited about rugby once again.”

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