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ProSiebenSat.1 to offer Rugby World Cup in Germany

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has acquired rights to the 2019 Rugby World Cup after experiencing success covering the national team’s qualifying campaign for next year’s tournament in Japan.

The DWDL.de website said male-orientated channel ProSieben Maxx will broadcast matches from the World Cup, while the tournament will also be streamed by the Ran.de platform.

The move comes despite Germany narrowly failing to secure the final qualifying place for Japan 2019.

The national team finished second in last week’s repechage competition in Marseille, France. Canada won the competition, sealing qualification and a place in Pool B alongside New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia.