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2nd December 2017, 15:00 |
The BBC has announced it has secured the rights to show the international Rugby League series between England and New Zealand, airing autumn 2018.
The series sees England host the Kiwis in the UK with all matches playing out live on BBC TV, Radio and online.
The KCOM stadium in Hull will host the opener to the series as England face New Zealand on Saturday 27rd of October (2:30pm). International Rugby League will return to Anfield in Liverpool for the second Test on Saturday 3rd of November (2:30pm) before the series concludes on Sunday 11th of November (3pm) at Leeds United’s Elland Road.
Commenting on the new deal Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport said: “On the day that BBC Sport brings England v Australia in the Rugby League World Cup final live to fans, we are delighted to continue our dedication to the sport with this new deal. The series will bring world class rugby league action to UK soil with the BBC delivering unrivalled coverage, live and free to air across our TV, radio and online streaming services”
Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Nigel Wood, said: “The 2018 autumn international series between England and New Zealand promises to be a fantastic contest between two of the top sides in the world.
“We are delighted to have agreed a deal with the BBC to show all three England v New Zealand games and to continue what is a fantastic relationship, moving towards the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England at which the BBC will make every single game available to watch across their channels.”