Stan, the Australian subscription-based video streaming service owned by commercial broadcaster Nine Network, has secured exclusive rights in its home country to the upcoming British and Irish Lions’ rugby union tour of South Africa.
The streaming service will show every match from the series – the three tests against the Springboks in July and August, and the six preceding games – live and on-demand, without advertising.
The Lions will play a warm-up match against Japan in Edinburgh on 26 June before heading to South Africa, with the first tour game on 3 July.
The three test matches – one in Cape Town and two in Johannesburg – will take place on 24 July, 31 July, and 7 August.
In addition to the live and on-demand coverage of the series, Stan will air several feature-style documentaries on the history of the Lions and past series.
Other rugby union on Stan Sport includes Australia’s Super Rugby AU, New Zealand’s Super Rugby Aotearoa, Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, The Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup, Australia’s Shute Shield and Hospital Challenge Cup, South Africa’s Currie Cup and New Zealand’s National Provincial Championship.
There is also Australian women’s rugby’s Super W, other Australia men’s and women’s national team games, home test matches of other southern hemisphere nations and Japan’s Top League.
Elsewhere, the Lions and South Africa Rugby have today unveiled Pro Athlete Supplementation as the tour’s official performance nutrition supplier.
Under the terms of the deal, PAS will supply both teams with “a range of sports nutrition products aimed at improving performance and aiding recovery”.
PAS was a Lions supplier for the team’s 2017 tour of New Zealand.