Super Rugby AU have landed on a broadcasting deal with Fox Sports, settling on an agreement with Rugby Australia for the competition starting July 3.
The sport is set to remain with Fox Sports after agreeing to a revised deal on Wednesday, with RA interim chief Rob Clarke declaring the agreement as “the best possible news to rugby fans”.
“We are excited to announce the return of professional Rugby in Australia and the kick-off of Vodafone Super Rugby AU on July 3,” he said.
“A huge thanks goes to our broadcast partner of 25 years Fox Sports, who have backed the revised competition format for 2020 and have delivered the best possible news to rugby fans across the country today.”
Fox Sports head Peter Campbell said the network was excited to allow fans to watch every match of the competition.
“It might not be Super Rugby as we know it, but it’s super to have rugby back on Fox Sports,” he said.
“Additionally, Foxtel has also reached an agreement to air the New Zealand Super Rugby Aotearoa competition, which starts this weekend, so rugby fans can settle in to watch more of the sport they love.
“The return of Super Rugby AU continues the return of live sport to our screens following the resumption of the NRL competition and this week the AFL premiership.
“We are beginning to see more sports announce and release their plans to return to competition and Foxtel is the best place to see it all.”
The five clubs – made of the four Australian clubs and the Western Force – will play in a 10-week round robin fixture that will transcend into a two week finals series scheduled on September 12 and 19.
The Reds will host the Waratahs in the competitions first match, with the clash taking place at Suncorp Stadium on Friday July 3.