Australia's 7mate to broadcast Rugby League World Cup live and exclusive
Louise Duffy | 11-10-2013
Australia's Seven will broadcast the Rugby League World Cup 2013 live and exclusive on 7mate, kicking off on 26 October with England v Australia at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Hosted by Seven News sports presenter Ryan Phelan with guest experts Matt King, Nathan Fien and Nigel Vagana, Seven's coverage will include all 28 games over 22 days as the world's best rugby league teams compete in England and Wales.
A former Australian international and NSW Origin star who retired from South Sydney this year, Matt King will be in studio alongside host Ryan Phelan for all Kangaroos' matches. Kiwi international Nathan Fien will cover New Zealand fixtures, while Vagana, an NRL star and former Samoa and New Zealand representative, will provide expert commentary for games involving Pacific Island nations.
Coverage of the first Group A match between Australia and England begins at midnight on Saturday October 26 (12am AEDT Sunday October 27). The tournament culminates with the World Cup Final from Old Trafford at 1am AEDT on Sunday 1 December.
There will be a half-hour pre-game show before each match, with every Australian game, the quarter- finals, semi-finals and the final also replayed on 7mate on Sunday afternoons.
Seven's head of sport, Saul Shtein, said: "We're delighted to be broadcasting rugby league at such a significant global event when the best players in the world get a chance to represent their country. It only serves to underline Seven's commitment to covering the best sports, live and free."