- Sky Sports named as UK rights broadcaster
- England to play Samoa, Spain & Canada in pool stages
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Sky Sports will show the biggest event in women’s rugby union this summer, with exclusive live coverage of the Women’s Rugby World Cup.
The top 12 nations will compete in France from August 1-17 and Sky Sports will show the pool stages plus semi-finals and final live. England will be hoping to lift the trophy having finished runners-up in the last three Women’s Rugby World Cups and recording their only win 20 years ago in 1994.
The deal also includes live coverage of the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 in New Zealand. The annual competition, saw England lift the trophy to be crowned champions last year. Sky Sports will show pool stage matches plus the semi-finals and final.
Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: “It’s fantastic that this summer we will have the best women’s rugby on Sky, adding to our strong year-round portfolio of women’s sport. It’s also great news we’ll get to showcase the stars of the future in the Junior World Championship across our channels.
“Both tournaments are going to be excellent additions to our unrivalled coverage of the game and our summer of live sport.”
Bernard Lapasset, IRB Chairman, added: "Sky Sports are renowned for their passion and support for rugby and we are delighted to be extending our partnership with a broadcaster who shares our vision for women’s and age grade rugby. It's also further proof of the great leaps made by the women's game. In a Women’s Rugby World Cup year and with the growth of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series, it's good to see the game reaching out to new audiences."
Katy Mclean, England captain, said: “It’s brilliant news that the World Cup will be live on Sky Sports. The team and I can’t wait to play in the tournament knowing that women’s rugby will be taken to a wide audience and all our fans, friends and family can watch us back home.”
England Women will face a physical opening to their World Cup campaign as they have been drawn against Samoa, Spain and Canada in the pool stages, which will be played at the FFR’s Marcoussis.
The semi-finals and final will take place at the Stade Jean-Bouin Stadium in Paris.