BBC to show England v New Zealand Test series live


The BBC has secured the rights to show the International Rugby League Test series between England and New Zealand in autumn 2018 exclusively on BBC TV.

The series sees England host the Kiwis in the UK with all matches playing out live on either BBC One or BBC Two, as well as extensive radio and online coverage.

The KCOM stadium in Hull will host the opener to the series as England face New Zealand on Saturday, 27 October.

International rugby league will return to Anfield in Liverpool for the second Test on Saturday, 3 November, before the series concludes on Sunday, 11 November, at Leeds United’s Elland Road.

Commenting on the new deal Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport said:

“On the day that BBC Sport brings England v Australia in the Rugby League World Cup final live to fans, we are delighted to continue our dedication to the sport with this new deal.

“The series will bring world class rugby league action to UK soil with the BBC delivering unrivalled coverage, live and free to air across our TV, radio and online streaming services.”

Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Nigel Wood, added:

“The 2018 autumn international series between England and New Zealand promises to be a fantastic contest between two of the top sides in the world.

“We are delighted to have agreed a deal with the BBC to show all three England v New Zealand games and to continue what is a fantastic relationship, moving towards the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England at which the BBC will make every single game available to watch across their channels.”


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England v New Zealand
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England v New Zealand
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