BeIN Sport converts Rugby League World Cup deal

French pay-television broadcaster beIN Sport has acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast Rugby League World Cup 2013 matches in France.

The tournament kicks offs on October 26 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, with the opening ceremony and a double header of matches, which includes England’s game with Australia and Wales’ clash against Italy.

The World Cup is being co-hosted by England and Wales, but France will also stage two games at Avignon and Perpignan respectively.

France begins its World Cup campaign with a game against Papua New Guinea on October 27.