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TF1 sublicenses Rugby World Cup warm-up match from France Télévisions

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has secured coverage of the French national rugby team’s Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Italy on August 30 after sublicensing the rights from public-service broadcaster France Télévisions.

France Télévisions holds rights to national rugby team matches as part of its five-season deal, from 2016-17 to 2020-21, with the Fédération Française de Rugby, the French rugby union federation.

The deal will allow TF1 to promote its coverage of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in France, having agreed a deal for rights with World Rugby last year.

It will be exclusively broadcasting the 2019 edition after failing to secure a sublicense agreement earlier this year.