Sony Six bags broadcast rights of Rugby World Cup

08 Sep,2015

By A Correspondent


World Rugby has announced the appointment of Sony Six as Rugby World Cup 2015 rights holding broadcaster.


In a major boost for the visibility and development of rugby in a market where participation has grown by 33 per cent since 2011, Sony Six and Sont Kix will screen all 48 matches exclusively live along with daily highlights of all the action from rugby’s showcase event.


World Rugby Chief Executive Officer Brett Gosper said: “Rugby is on the rise in India and we are delighted to have secured such a strong platform for Rugby World Cup 2015 to reach new audiences across India and inspire the next generation of players and fans.


“We look forward to working in partnership with Sony Six to showcase Rugby, its character-building values and spirit of entertainment and enjoyment to record audiences within an exciting rugby growth market.”


Prasana Krishnan

Prasana Krishnan, Business Head, Sony Six and Sont Kix commented: ‘‘The Rugby World Cup is seen as one of the most prestigious competitions in the global sporting calendar and we are proud to have this celebrated event in our bouquet of international content. Rugby as a sport is growing at a consistent clip and with that it’s our primary aim to raise our viewer experience to the next level. The raw nature of the sport will appeal to both our loyal and bench viewers alike.”


World Rugby Head of Commercial, Broadcast and Marketing Murray Barnett added: “Working with the leading sports broadcaster in India underlines the Rugby World Cups global significance and adds to the record breaking roster of international broadcasters that will be taking the Rugby World Cup to the largest audience ever.”


Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off with hosts England versus Fiji at Twickenham on September 18, beginning a six-week event played across 13 iconic venues the length and breadth of England and Cardiff, culminating in the final at Twickenham on October 31.


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