Premiership Women’s Rugby secures exclusive US and Canada broadcasting deal with The Rugby Network
Premiership Women’s Rugby (PWR) has entered into an exclusive broadcasting agreement with The Rugby Network (TRN) for the United States and Canada, strengthening its presence in North America.
The over-the-top platform, owned by Major League Rugby (MLR), will showcase a minimum of 21 games from England’s premier women’s rugby union competition throughout the new season, including the highly anticipated semi-finals and final.
TRN, already established as the US streaming hub for both MLR and England’s Premiership Rugby, broadens its rugby coverage by securing exclusive rights to PWR. The platform is renowned for featuring a diverse range of content, encompassing international games, collegiate rugby matches, highlight programs, and various analysis and commentary offerings.
This partnership marks a significant step for PWR, especially following its recent multi-year agreement with UK pay-TV broadcaster TNT Sports.
“A new era for women’s rugby in England kicked off this summer with the launch of Premiership Women’s Rugby so to be able to confirm 21 of our games per season will be broadcast live in America and Canada is a huge boost for the growth of women’s sport,” Belinda Moore, Chief Executive of PWR, expressed.
“The competition’s new look and feel is designed to be powerful, dynamic, and eye-catching. It aims to capture the excitement and high energy of the league, the players, the fans, and the sport as a whole.
“Our league is English at its core, but we have a cosmopolitan player base with several significant US Eagles at our clubs including US captain Kate Zackary who has recently moved to the Trailfinders Women.”
The inaugural broadcast on TRN took place on November 18th, featuring the Bristol Bears clash with Sale Sharks live from Ashton Gate. Fans can anticipate more fixtures to be announced as PWR continues to captivate audiences and expand its global reach through this strategic partnership with The Rugby Network.