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International Rugby League is a big winner in the broadcast rights announced today by the NRL.

The new free to air deal, worth up to $925 million, is the largest ever done by a sport in Australia with a FTA Network, and will feature four NRL Premiership games shown live each week.

The new deal will see the mid-year Pacific Nations Tests locked in until 2022 and a dedicated window for International Rugby League played after each Premiership season.

Other features of the new deal include:

  • The NRL Telstra Premiership will be played over 25 weeks – instead of 26
  • A new State of Origin schedule with the second match in each series being played on a Sunday night as part of a stand alone weekend of representative football which will also feature the Pacific Nation Tests.

To view the full details of today’s announcement click here