For fans across the globe, watching any sort of rugby league on a televised network is a fantastic feeling and fans will once again be privy to doing so, with BBC and Premier Sports agreeing to a deal with World Cup organisers, that will see them broadcast the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
All English games will be shown live on the BBC network via TV and radio, including the blockbuster clash between England and Australia, as well as the opening ceremony.
To make things even better for rugby league fans, the BBC will also have regular highlights programs of all the day’s World Cup action, as well as extensive coverage and discussion on Radio 5 live, live sports extra, BBC Sport website and the BBC Sport App.
In an additional boost for all rugby league fans, Premier Sport have gained the rights to show every single game from the World Cup live.
Nigel Wood, the Tournament Director for RLWC2013, says the news of an official broadcaster is fantastic news overall and they are pleased to have both BBC and Premier Sports on board.
â€œThis is fantastic news for RLWC2013. The BBC is arguably the number one terrestrial sports broadcaster in the world. Their incredible coverage of the London Olympics further enhanced their reputation and so for them to cover the next international sporting event in the UK is a great fit for them and for us,” said Wood.
â€œWeâ€™re delighted fans will be able to watch the showpiece events live on terrestrial TV. The BBC will help RLWC2013 bring new audiences to our amazing sport and will enable our established fan base to immerse themselves in five weeks of fantastic, world class sport.
â€œPremier Sports do a great job for Rugby League showing Kingstone Press Championship, every NRL game and the State of Origin matches. Their coverage will enable fans to see every minute of the tournament live.â€
Director of Sport for BBC Barbara Slater, says that they are very excited to add the World Cup to their porfolio and have also extended their rugby league commitment to other future RL competitions.
â€œBBC Sport is committed to bringing major national sporting events to the widest audience, so weâ€™re very excited to be adding the Rugby League World Cup to our portfolio. This is a great opportunity to showcase Rugby League across all BBC platforms, and itâ€™s an added bonus that the 2013 tournament is on home soil,” said Slater.
â€œBBC Sport has extended its commitment to Rugby League with broadcast rights confirmed for the Four Nations in 2014 and 2016, and the World Cup in 2017 to add to our current coverage of the Challenge Cup and Super League.â€
With the schedule still yet to be determined, competition organisers confirm that they are working with both the BBC and Premier Sports to get it sorted out as soon as possible.
â€œWe appreciate fans patience in waiting for kick off times to be announced. We will be meeting both BBC and Premier Sports to tie this down and are aiming to confirm times as soon as we are able,” said Sally Bolton, the RLWC2013 Tournament Manager.