It is an event that has a global exposure and one that fans across the world want to see and for French fans of rugby league, they will now have a chance to watch the World Cup, with beIN Sport granted exclusive rights to show World Cup games in the country.

beINSport, a global network of sport channels that is owned by Qatari Sports Investments, operates in both France and the USA, with coverage to be anchored by Rodolphe Pires, Louis Bonnery, Laurent Bidot, Vincent Pochulu and Bertrand Begue.

Someone who is pleased with the recent development in TV rights coverage, is the President of the French Rugby League Federation, Carlos Zalduendo.

“I’m very pleased that current Rugby League broadcaster beIN SPORT has acquired the exclusive rights in France to Rugby League World Cup 2013,” said Zalduendo.

“This is another step forward in our approach to media coverage of Rugby League. Beyond the regular Rugby League public, we hope to reach sports fans who are looking to enjoy the sporting event of the year.

“The broadcast of this world-class event organised in the UK and France will demonstrate the popularity of Rugby League in Europe.”

Equally pleased are the RLWC officials themselves, with tournament director Nigel Wood pointing out the significance and importance of this news.

“It is great news for the tournament that beIN SPORT will be broadcasting the tournament in France,” said Wood.

“Sports fans in France know they can rely on beIN’s experience of covering not just domestic and international Rugby League but other world class sporting events too.

“We know we’ll be staging the best Rugby League World Cup to date, with competitive matches in front of passionate fans. The games in Perpignan and Avignon promise to be compelling encounters staged in front of partisan packed crowds.”

By ricky

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