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Rugby World Cup rights snapped up by RTE and Virgin Media

Published: Updated: 11:54, 20 Mar 2023

All 48 matches from the competition will be available on free-to-air television in Ireland

Irish national broadcaster RTE and Virgin Media will team up to show every match from the upcoming 2023 Rugby World Cup after a new broadcast rights deal was signed with World Rugby.

The event will take place between September 8th and October 28th of this year in France, and rugby fans in Ireland will be able to watch every second of the action across the two networks.

Television coverage will be shown on RTE and Virgin Media, while live streaming options will also be available on RTE Player and Virgin Media Player.

Broadcast rights to the 48 matches will be shared by the two broadcasters, with both simultaneously airing the World Cup final, which will take place on October 28th at the Stade de France in Saint Denis, Paris.

RTE will also provide live radio broadcasts of all of the Republic of Ireland's matches at the competition.

Ireland will begin their World Cup campaign on September 9th in Bordeaux when they take on Romania.

Alan Gilpin, the Chief Executive of World Rugby, said of the deal:

"We are delighted that RTÉ and Virgin Media will be telling every moment of the France 2023 story on their free-to-air platforms. They share our passion for Rugby and its ability to attract new audiences and we look forward to working together to make this tournament a tournament to remember.”

The 2023 Rugby World Cup will also be available on free-to-air television for British viewers hoping to follow the fortunes of England, Wales and Scotland in the competition, with public broadcaster ITV holding the rights.

When that deal was struck in November of last year, Niall Sloane, Director of Sport at ITV, had this to say:

“The Rugby World Cup has become a prime fixture every four years on ITV, so, following such a successful tournament in 2015, we’re delighted to be able to announce we will continue to be the competition’s home until 2023."

England will start their World Cup with a game which is sure to be feisty when they take on Argentina on September 9th in Marseille, while Wales will kick off on September 10th in Bordeaux against Fiji and Scotland face a tough test against South Africa on the same day at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.

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