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Seven secures Rugby League World Cup 2013

Yahoo!7 June 23, 2013, 12:17 pm

The Seven Network is the home of Rugby League World Cup 2013.

Seven has secured exclusive broadcast rights to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup following an agreement with IMG Media.

Seven will broadcast all RLWC2013 matches - which runs from October 26th- November 30th - live on 7mate as part of an all-encompassing agreement covering broadcast and subscription television rights, IPTV, interconnected TV, catch-up TV, HbbTV, pay per view, video on demand and digital rights, including online and mobile.

RLWC2013 - which is organised by the Rugby League International Federation - will be the fourteenth staging of the Rugby League World Cup tournament and will be hosted by England and Wales with matches also to be held in France and Ireland.

Fourteen teams will contest the tournament: Australia, England, New Zealand, Samoa, Wales, Fiji, France, Papua New Guinea, Ireland, Scotland, Tonga, Cook Islands, Italy and the United States. New Zealand is the defending champion, having defeated Australia in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup final. It is Italy and the United States' first Rugby League World Cup.

Today’s agreement adds further depth to Seven’s leadership in sports television.

“Seven is delighted to have secured this agreement that will see us as the home of rugby league and the Rugby League World Cup 2013 across October and November," Tim Worner, CEO of Seven West Media, said.

“It is an extraordinary event and fits perfectly with our portfolio of major sports event that we can drive across our broadcast television platform and our emerging and developing online and mobile content platforms. A key to this agreement is our ability to deliver this amazing event across multiple platforms in formats that meet the demands of our audiences. This approach is a cornerstone for our future development as a broad-based audience company.

“Live events define our business and we are delighted that rugby league will be on Seven’s broadcast platform. We are investing in and building our three channels and 7mate is key to our development, in particular its increasing presence in live sports television and extending its leadership in key male demographics.

“It is also fitting that we are entrusted with the Rugby League World Cup 2013 – it is 50 years this year since the late, great Rex Mossop joined Seven after an extraordinary playing career in league and union, and through his commentary and passion, defined league television coverage in Australia.”

“It is great news for the tournament that Seven will be showing every game and on so many platforms. Sports fans in Australia know they can rely on Seven’s experience of covering not just domestic and international Rugby League but other world class sporting events too," Nigel Wood, RLWC2013 Tournament Director, said.

“We know we’ll be staging the best Rugby League World Cup to date, with competitive matches in front of passionate fans. The tournament now has a compelling broadcast offer in both hemispheres.”

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  1. bev01:51am Sunday 27th October 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    watching aust v england terrible commentary - I am sure they do not understand the rules of league where is the intelligence of ex players eg darren lockyer, wally lewis terrible terrible

  2. Me08:21pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Congratulations Channel 7. I agree with the comments of others and it will be refreshing to hear commentators other than the usual Channel 9 crew. Fox Sports commentators are much better. Hope you get Ryan Phelan on your team to commentate. I can't wait to watch the games on Channel 7.

  3. sweet_ivy03:25pm Saturday 12th October 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    why have they only got it for 4 days? australia play beyond those dates.

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  4. Mel03:34pm Monday 24th June 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Thank God we won't have to listen to those old, boring, cliches from the "old boys club" that are on Channel 9. Let's hear something new from the commentators. No more "quick tap"(whether it is or not) "heavily strapped" (even if it is a small bandage) "they are out on their feet" "it has gone 50 metres on the fly" "straight down the fullback's throat" "I just love Sunday afternoon football" and I could go on but I am starting to feel sick already. Please Channel 7 get someone in the commentary that brings a new and refreshing dialogue.

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  5. James01:52pm Monday 24th June 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    WOW! how exciting. The Rugby League World Cup. Some of these teams would not even make Open Ones in second division. How do players qualify for some of these teams. Possibly went there for a holiday or read about it in national geographics. Another NRL promo to turn the mighty $. Makes you proud to be on the winning team giving someone a 50+point flogging. Will be about as interesting as milking a cow until the final when we might get some evenly matched competition. Free to air when hardly any one will watch. What a great deal.

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  6. Johnson07:14am Monday 24th June 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Well done 7. Real sport on at last. Now we can ignore that melbourne ping pong rubbish.

  7. Ducatisti07:00am Monday 24th June 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Thank god I won't have to listen to Phil Gould stating the bleeding obvious for 80 minutes. Tripe free footy , hooray for 7 !

  8. Crazy jaws06:33am Monday 24th June 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    And what about for those who can't get 7mate? I can't get digital reception so have to have foxtel,no 7mate on foxtel,I love rugby league but now will miss the world cup cos bloody channel 7 have the rights.poor form.put 7mate on foxtel

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  9. Graeme04:00am Monday 24th June 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    about time we got it for free great stuff

  10. Gan11:31pm Sunday 23rd June 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    AWESOME!!! Can't wait.