For New Zealand, SKY Television and Television New Zealand, have jointly informed Digital Broadcasters Vendor News, that they have acquired the broadcast rights for the International Rugby Board (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".