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Fox Sports and Ten set to acquire ARU rights

Australian pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports and commercial broadcaster Network Ten are set to acquire rights for matches involving the Australia rugby union national team, according to the Australian Financial Review newspaper.

The deals will run for five years, from 2016 until 2021.

The agreements will reportedly be worth a total of between Aus$175m (€121m/$155.2m) and AUS$200m.

Under the current deal, which is due to expire in 2016, Ten shows coverage of Australia national team matches in a sublicensing deal with Fox Sports.

The news has emerged after Bill Pulver, chief executive of the Australian Rugby Union, the sport’s governing body in the country, last month said that a drop in viewing figures for the national team would not have an adverse impact on talks for the next cycle of rights beginning in 2016.