SYDNEY (AP) The Australian Rugby Union has announced a five-year broadcast rights deal beginning next year worth 285 million Australian dollars ($206 million) which will see all Super Rugby matches shown live on pay television in Australia.
The ARU said Thursday the amount was a share of television rights negotiated by the code's governing body, SANZAR (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby), which will include Argentina as a member next year. The Australian body said the rights fee represented a 148 percent increase from the previous five-year contract.
The Super Rugby tournament will increase to 18 teams next season, including clubs in Argentina and Japan.
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The ARU said Fox Sports retained the Australian rights for test matches played in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as the Super tournament.