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Host Broadcast Services Extends World Rugby Partnership

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Host Broadcast Services Extends World Rugby Partnership

World Rugby has announced an extension of its partnership with Host Broadcast Services (HBS), with the company to remain the host broadcaster for the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cups.

The extension will see HBS provide a ‘turn-key’ service for both the upcoming women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand this year, and the men’s Rugby World Cup in France in 2023.

According to a release from World Rugby, the two upcoming World Cups will have a focus on innovative content creation and accessibility in a sustainable manner, with HBS to provide an overall production plan and project management for both events.

HBS will provide broadcast equipment and technology, staffing expertise across match venues, and the running of the International Broadcast Centre, including the servicing of rights-holding broadcasters around the world.

The extension follows the pair previously working to make the men’s Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019 become the most-watched rugby event ever, drawing in more than 857 million worldwide viewers, an overall growth of 26% on the previous edition in England.

World Rugby CEO, Alan Gilpin, said: “We are thrilled to renew our strong collaboration with HBS to provide state-of-the-art broadcast coverage of our showcase tournaments.”

“Millions of fans worldwide will watch Rugby World Cups 2021 and 2023 thanks to HBS’ delivery and they will engage with rugby’s biggest event like never before through exciting broadcast innovations, all delivered with sustainability and efficiency in mind.

“We are particularly excited about HBS’ plans for Rugby World Cup 2021, playing in 2022, and the opportunity to showcase the pinnacle of women’s elite rugby to new audiences via HBS’ broadcast expertise for the first time.

“The women’s game – from the pitch to the boardroom – is a major growth focus for us, and we are very much committed to harness the incredible energy of New Zealand to inspire more women and girls to join the rugby family,” Gilpin said.

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