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Sky And TVNZ Joint Rights Holders For Series

17 November 2006

Sky And TVNZ Appointed As Joint Rights Holders For The IRB Sevens World Series

SKY Television and TVNZ, today announced the acquisition of the broadcast rights for the IRB Sevens World Series for the next five years, 2007-2011, including acting as host broadcaster for the NZI Sevens at Westpac Stadium in February.

Under the five year agreement with NZRU, SKY and TVNZ will provide coverage of the series starting on December 1 and 2 in Dubai, followed by rest of the 2006/7 season tournaments from George in South Africa, Wellington, San Diego, Hong Kong, Adelaide, London and finishing on June 2 and 3 2007 in Edinburgh.

Sky will cover the action live from all tournaments and TVNZ will screen live coverage from the Wellington and Hong Kong rounds, plus extended highlights coverage from all other tournaments.

"We are delighted to be in partnership with Sky in order to provide expansive coverage across both Networks of this prestigious global series", says TVNZ's General Manager of Sport, Murray Needham.

"As New Zealand's public broadcaster for television, we're delighted to be continuing our long term partnership with the IRB Sevens Series, working alongside the NZRU and WRU, which we have done since the IRB Sevens Series started in 1999".


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