Stan Sport, the Australian over-the-top streaming platform run by the Nine broadcast network, has secured exclusive broadcast rights to English rugby union’s Premiership Rugby.
As part of a multi-year agreement, the service will be the new Australian home of the league and stream over 130 matches live on Stan Sport.
Stan’s coverage began with six matches from last weekend’s opening round fixtures for the new season.
The Premiership features several Australian players, including London Irish’s Nick Phipps, Rob Simmons, Curtis Rona and Adam Coleman, while Bryce Hegarty is in his debut season with Leicester Tigers.
The deal bolsters Stan’s rugby portfolio, which also includes Australian national team matches after commercial broadcaster Nine signed a three-year deal worth A$100 million ($73 million) with national governing body Rugby Australia for full rights to the code.
The whole-of-game deal, which came into effect this year, includes rights to the men’s Super Rugby and women’s Super W clubs competitions, The Rugby Championship for national teams, other Bledisloe Cup games between Australia and New Zealand and women's Wallaroos test matches.
Stan has diversified its offering in the past year, most notably acquiring exclusive domestic rights to the Uefa Champions League, European soccer’s elite clubs competition, for the next three seasons earlier this summer.
The platform’s most recent deal saw it land rights to tennis’ Laver Cup, the annual men's team competition contested by Europe and the rest of the world, in a multi-year deal.
This added to Stan’s healthy stable of tennis properties as it is the exclusive domestic streaming home of the Australian Open in Melbourne, and also covers the French Open at Roland-Garros in Paris, while Nine last week landed exclusive rights to the next three editions of the US Open.