BBC to Broadcast Rugby League World Cup 2021
As well as showing the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup in October/November 2017 the new deal means the BBC will now retain free to air rights to all 31 matches of the 2021 tournament, which is due to be played in England. Live coverage of at least 16 matches will be on BBC One or BBC Two, with the remaining matches available on Red Button and online.
The event kicks off when England face Australia on October 27 with the 14-team tournament then spanning six weekends, with the final on December 2. BBC Sport coverage will include every England match live on network television alongside action from Wales, Scotland, and Ireland plus highlights shows. Radio 5 live will also bring extensive coverage alongside features, articles and opinion pieces on the BBC Sport website.
For the first time ever, BBC Sport will also show a match from every round of the Challenge Cup leading up to the final. One match from the early rounds (one to five) will be streamed on the BBC Sport website bringing viewers the latest from the community game. The network televised matches on BBC One and BBC Two start in May from round six onwards.