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 in the UK.
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. 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 twenty years ago in 1994.
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.”