Getty ImagesRugby Australia has signed a new domestic broadcast rights deal with pay-TV network Fox Sports ahead of the return of professional rugby union in the country on 3rd July. The new agreement includes live coverage of the reworked Super Rugby AU competition, which will feature only Australian clubs after Super Rugby, which involves teams from Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa as well as Australia, was suspended in mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Reds and Waratahs will contest the first match of the Super Rugby AU season at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on 3rd July before the Brumbies face the Rebels in Canberra a day later. Teams will then play each other twice each before a two-week finals series culminating in a 19th September grand final. All matches will be played without crowds. Financial terms of the updated agreement have not been released, but an article on the Rugby Australia website noted it is expected to be ‘a significant reduction’ on the original deal.
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