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Australian Rugby Union Expands Fox Sports & Ten Deals

Fans will get to watch more Rugby in 2016, with the v (ARU) today announcing a new and significantly bigger media rights arrangement with foundation broadcast partner, FOX SPORTS, and free-to-air partner, Network Ten, for 2016-2020.

The improved deal will see FOX SPORTS continue as the home of Rugby in Australia and the only place to watch LIVE all Qantas Wallabies domestic Tests, New Zealand and South Africa domestic Tests, the expanded 18-team Asteron Life Super Rugby competition plus The Rugby Championship.

The new deal ensures the long-term future of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC), with FOX SPORTS to remain the exclusive broadcaster of the competition. FOX SPORTS will also continue to broadcast the New Zealand and South Africa domestic competitions, the Mitre 10 Cup and Absa Currie Cup.

Network Ten will remain the Australian free-to-air broadcaster, finalising a deal with FOX SPORTS to simulcast all Qantas Wallabies domestic Tests, the Bledisloe Cup, and all matches played by the Qantas Wallabies in The Rugby Championship.

And for the first time, Network Ten will show a full replay of one Super Rugby match per round each Sunday morning with a start time between 8am and 11am and a one-hour Super Rugby highlights show each Monday night.

Network Ten will also broadcast full replays of all Asteron Life Super Rugby finals matches featuring an Australian team.

Network Ten Chief Executive Officer, Paul Anderson, said: “The new agreement strengthens and extends our commitment to Rugby and will bring more great matches to fans across the country.

“Rugby is a vital part of our premium sport content on Network Ten. We are delighted to be expanding our partnership with the Australian Rugby Union and FOX SPORTS to ensure viewers get the best possible coverage across all television.

“The Wallabies are on fire at the moment and we’re very excited about being part of their journey and success over the next five years,” he said.

Source: Network Ten