Australian Rugby Union signs new TV deal for Super matches

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.

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.