Women’s Rugby League World Cup lands FTA coverage on Seven Network
All the games from the Women’s Rugby League World Cup are to be shown on free-to-air television in Australia for the first time after Seven Network, the country's commercial broadcaster, picked up rights to this year's competition.
Through the agreement, announced yesterday, Seven will televise and live-stream all 12 matches from the tournament, which is being co-hosted by Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
The deal includes coverage of the women’s final on 2 December.
This year's Women's Rugby League World Cup marks the first time the tournament has been held as a standalone event.
Seven’s coverage will take place alongside its broadcast of the men’s tournament, for which it acquired rights last July.
Seven holds the broadcasting rights in Australia across free-to-air, pay-TV and digital and mobile platforms.
The network is also the host broadcaster for the men’s tournament, which runs from 27 October until 2 December.
Seven held the domestic broadcasting rights to the 2013 edition of the competition and showed matches on its digital channel 7mate.
The last Rugby League World Cup that was hosted in the country in 2008 was broadcast by Nine Network, Seven’s rival commercial free-to-air channel.
Meanwhile, EMTV, the commercial broadcaster has landed rights to broadcast the women’s tournament in Papua New Guinea, while Sky Network Television, the New Zealand pay-TV broadcaster, has also picked up domestic television rights.
Both broadcasters will show all 12 games from the competition.
The 2017 Women’s Rugby League World Cup will involve eight teams and run from 16 November until 2 December.