TV rights – Rugby: France by 2025 Men’s and women’s Six Nations on television

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The public audiovisual group extends its contracts for men and women for a period of three years.

this is an important right Which has just been secured by public service, but this time for a short time. six nation tournament, France Television And french rugby federation Jointly announced in a press release this afternoon that the Six Nations men’s and women’s tournaments will live exclusively and exclusively on France 2, France 4 or the antennas of the digital platform france·tv.

For men, the current contract, signed in 2016 and consisting of five editions, expires this year. With the victory of the French team, which set an audience record for the Six Nations match in France (8,951,000 spectators; 38.9% audience share; peaked at 10,400,000). Among women, the previous contract (2017-2021) now called “TikTok Women’s Six Nations Tournament” was already renewed this year by the public group without knowing the duration.

The French agreement until 2025 is aligned with the one signed in the United Kingdom by the BBC and ITV last January. Note, however, that in France, the Six Nations U20 tournament is being broadcast on the L’Equipe channel from this year. The 2023 version is also included in the Channel 21 contract.

test match

In addition, the press release announced that France Television will exclusively telecast three tricolor Test matches at home over the next three Saturdays. As part of the Autumn Nations Cup, men XV of France will face Australia at the Stade de France on 5 November, then South Africa at the Stade Velodrome (According to information from La Provence) on 12 November, and finally Japan on 19 November at Toulouse Stadium.

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The sale of the TV rights to the competition, which brings together autumn Test matches between teams from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, is being centralized by the Six Nations Tournament, which is organizing it. It is with him that France TV signs this contract for the French Test matches. Last October, the L’Equipe group also acquired exclusive rights to 27 international matches for the period 2021–2023., The contract allowed him to play three Test matches in England and Italy (as the year before) in a few months, as well as Scotland (previously broadcast on beIN Sports, which sealed his contract with the national federation several years earlier). will allow to offer. ,

Welsh and Irish matches will still be broadcast on beIN Sports, but for the final year of contracts with the respective federations. In 2023, it will actually be Channel L’Aquipe that will exclusively broadcast all the preparatory matches for the World Cup in England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and Wales.

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