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Ziggo Sport acquires rights to Rugby World Cup

Sports channel invests in wide range of top-class sports

4 februari 2022

Ziggo Sport has acquired the exclusive rights to the live matches of the Rugby World Cup, one of the world's most high-profile sporting events. The package will also be expanded to include the postponed Rugby World Cup 2021 for women, the Rugby World Cup Sevens, the World Rugby WXV 2023 (new women's international tournament) and the HSBC World Rugby Seven Series. For years, Ziggo Sport has also been the home of the Six Nations, the northern hemisphere's prestigious rugby championship.

Rugby: tough, but fair
"The enthusiasm of the fans in the completely sold-out stadiums, the physical exhaustion on the field and the mutual sportsmanship make rugby one of the most beautiful spectator sports that sports lovers appreciate," says Marcel Beerthuizen, director of Ziggo Sport. "With our programming, we are trying to retain the widest possible audience and are constantly working to further strengthen our rights package. That’s why I'm pleased that we can offer our viewers such a large and appealing tournament as the Rugby World Cup."

Rugby World Cup 2023
The Rugby World Cup features the twenty best national teams competing for the official world championship. The Rugby World Cup will be played in France next year. The current defending champion is South Africa. England was runner-up and the All Blacks of New Zealand captured third place at the last World Cup played in Japan in 2019.

Six Nations starts next weekend
The 128th edition of the Six Nations starts next weekend. The national teams of England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and Wales will compete for the prestigious title. Ireland and Wales meet each other on Saturday 5 February at 15:00, and later England and Scotland (17:30) play their first game. France-Italy is scheduled for Sunday 6 February at 15:45. Ziggo Sport will also devote a lot of attention to the Six Nations for women that starts in March. The matches can, of course, be viewed live on Ziggo Sport or Ziggo Sport Totaal.