Sky Sports has won the rights to screen all matches in the upcoming Women’s Rugby World Cup.
The top twelve nations will compete in France this August and Sky Sports will show the semi-finals and final plus pool stage matches live.
The deal also includes live coverage of the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 in New Zealand. The annual competition, which is contested by the top 12 men’s under-20 national teams in the world, 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.”
Katy McLean, England women’s rugby team 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.”
Sky Sports will be the exclusive UK broadcaster for the Women’s Rugby World Cup and IRB Junior World Championship and the only English language broadcaster in Ireland covering the tournaments.