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Stan Secures Rugby World Cup Rights

Stan Sport has locked in the broadcast rights to the men’s Rugby World Cup 2023 in France, and the women’s Rugby World Cup next month in New Zealand.

The deal will see Stan Sport exclusively broadcast all 26 matches from the women’s Rugby World Cup, which runs for five weeks beginning October 8, and all 48 matches for the men’s Rugby World Cup 2023 which plays out over seven weeks from next September.

All matches will be streamed ad-free in 4K UHD, with full match replays, highlights, and mini matches available on demand.

“Since Stan Sport’s launch in February 2021, we have invested significantly to build a fresh and comprehensive rugby offering for fans in Australia,” explains Stan CEO Martin Kugeler.

“From grassroots to world-class internationals and now the pinnacle of the game, the Rugby World Cups, Stan Sport continues to deliver more men’s and women’s rugby content than ever before.

“Together with our great partners at Rugby Australia, we have grown the audience for rugby significantly and this announcement further highlights our commitment to the game.

“Stan and Nine are uniquely positioned to broadcast the Rugby World Cup to more Australians than ever before with Nine’s Total TV assets (Stan, the Nine Network, and 9Now) alongside all of our other channels, including publishing, and digital, and radio.

“There is no better place to showcase one of the biggest events in global sport.”

Stan also holds the rights to The Rugby Championship, Autumn Nations Series, Super Rugby Pacific, and Six Nations.

“Stan Sport is the home of rugby in Australia and we are excited by their plans to showcase the sport to new audiences through their innovative content and leading digital platforms,” said World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin.

“We are entering what will be a golden decade for rugby in Australia, culminating in hosting of the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cups in 2027 and 2029 respectively.

“The excitement is building and we are looking forward to working with Stan Sport and our friends at Rugby Australia to get all of Australia excited about rugby once again.”

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