Rugby World Cup
ESPN Star awarded World Cup rights
ESPNscrum Staff
August 19, 2011
A close up view of the Rugby World Cup trophy - the Webb Wllis Cup
ESPN STAR will broadcast all 48 matches acorss 13 territories in Asia © IRB

ESPN STAR Sports have won the rights to broadcast this year's Rugby World Cup across 13 territories in Asia.

Under the deal, ESPN STAR Sports will broadcast all 48 matches in Singapore, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Korea, Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Vietnam.

Live TV coverage on ESPN STAR Sports' networks will be supplemented with dedicated streaming and video on demand through ESPN Player and MobileESPN in Singapore and weekly highlights programming in several territories.

Mike Miller, managing director of Rugby World Cup Limited, said: "Asia is a major growth region for Rugby and the IRB is committed to ensuring that sports fans across the Region are able to experience our showcase event.

"ESPN STAR Sports is recognised as Asia's leading sports broadcaster and through extensive Rugby World Cup 2011 programming, it will deliver the platform for Rugby to engage new fans across the Region."

Manu Sawhney, managing director of ESPN STAR Sports, added: "We are delighted to bring the third largest sporting event in the world to Rugby fans across Asia. We have a proud history of Rugby programming and have screened every RWC tournament since 1999, which underscores our commitment to bring the best in worldwide sports to our viewers in Asia."

Rugby World Cup 2011 kicks off on September 9 with hosts New Zealand against Tonga at Eden Park. The final will be played on October 23.

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