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7th June 2018, 15:20 | englandrl

BBC Sport to broadcast Denver Test

BBC Sport to broadcast Denver Test

England v New Zealand, June 23

The Rugby Football League are delighted to confirm that BBC Sport will broadcast the England v New Zealand Test in Denver, Colorado on Saturday June 23.

The match will kick off at 9.10pm (UK time) bringing full and uninterrupted live coverage on BBC Two from 9pm to 11.30pm.

Tanya Arnold will present the coverage and commentary will come from Dave Woods and former Great Britain coach, Brian Noble.

The match is an important occasion in preparation for England’s three match Test series against the Kiwis in October and November.

The confirmed kick off times for those matches are:

Saturday October 27 (14:30), KCOM Stadium, Hull (BBC1 1400-1630)

Saturday November 3 (17:30), Anfield, Liverpool (BBC2 1700-1930)

Sunday November 11 (15:15), Elland Road, Leeds (BBC2 1500-1730)

BBC Sport will provide extensive coverage of all three matches across TV, radio and online as the exclusive International Rugby League broadcaster in the UK. 

Rugby Football League Interim Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer said: “The Denver Test between England and New Zealand is a momentous occasion for Rugby League as the first International Test match to be staged in North America for over 18 years and we’re delighted that the BBC have chosen to broadcast the game live so supporters here in the UK will be able to tune in.

“BBC have always been great supporters of Rugby League, from the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup right through to International Series and beyond and it’s fantastic that all four England men’s test matches to be staged in 2018 will be shown live to a large terrestrial audience. We look forward to continuing our partnership with BBC, in what is a hugely important period for England Rugby League as we head towards the RLWC2021.”

Philip Bernie, Head of TV, BBC Sport said: “We are delighted to have secured the live rights for the match in Denver. With the Rugby League World Cup set to be staged in North America in 2025 and the expansion of the game with clubs like Toronto Wolfpack, it will be interesting to see an international match played in the USA. With BBC Sport having the live TV rights to the forthcoming Test series in the autumn against New Zealand, we will be able to see how England are placed as they look to build towards the 2021 World Cup following that agonisingly close defeat in last year’s World Cup final.”