RLWC2017 Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Hill said: “We are delighted to be partnering with EMTV in an historic deal that will showcase the Women’s Rugby League World Cup across Papua New Guinea.
“The agreement to broadcast every match of the tournament across Papua New Guinea on EMTV is a significant step forward for Rugby League, providing a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the skills and competitiveness of the women’s game.
“The Organising Committee is incredibly proud to be conducting a tournament that has attracted significant investment from both government and commercial partners whilst profiling the players and game like no previous Rugby League event.”
This year’s tournament will be first time the Women’s Rugby League World Cup has been held as a standalone event, with the pool matches to be played at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney as triple-headers on November 16, 19 and 22 with the semi-finals to be played as a double-header on November 26.
EMTV Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Park said: “EMTV are delighted to broadcast both the Men’s and Women’s Rugby League World Cup tournaments this year.
The RLWC2017 Organising Committee can also confirm that the Seven Network has secured the Australian broadcast rights to the Women’s Rugby League World Cup 2017, with SKY Sport granted the rights in New Zealand.
“Female participation is one of the fastest growing areas of the sport. To be able to broadcast the Women’s Rugby League World Cup across multiple international markets will not only promote women’s Rugby League to a wider audience than ever before, but inspire further growth of the game from grassroots to the elite level,” concluded Hill.
The Rugby League International Federation confirmed that Australia, Canada, Cook Islands, England, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea will be the six teams to contest the Women’s Rugby League World Cup 2017.
Women’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 Tournament Draw
*Kick-off times will be confirmed shortly