Sky New Zealand secures new NRL rights deal

Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand has agreed a five-season extension to its rights deal with Australian rugby league competition the NRL, with the contract also including national team Test matches.

Sky’s existing NRL contract was due to expire at the end of the 2017 season, with the new deal set to run from 2018 to 2022.

Sky will hold the rights to broadcast all NRL matches live, along with panel shows from Australian rights-holder, pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports.

Sky added that the agreement includes rights to New Zealand Test matches, including the ANZAC Test against Australia which takes place tomorrow (Friday).

Before today’s announcement, New Zealand viewers had faced the prospect of not being able to view the game. Details of additional national team games are unclear at present.