The Walt Disney Company Africa has announced that it will be broadcasting Australia’s top-level domestic men’s rugby league to audiences across the continent, on its ESPN channels.
The 2021 National Rugby League (NRL) tournament kicked off on 11 March and will air live on ESPN (DStv 218) and ESPN2 (DStv 219).
NRL matches are played between 16 teams in both Australia and New Zealand from March to October, and are among the most watched events on Australian television. The season then culminates in the premiership-deciding game, the NRL Grand Final.
“Rugby League is exceptional football entertainment, high speed, high ball in play time, and features some of the best athletes in the world,” said NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo, who was born and schooled in South Africa. “We can’t wait to see the NRL on television screens throughout Africa. I’ve got no doubt audiences will love the additional pace and athleticism showcased by our players. Rugby union players have successfully transitioned to rugby league in the past and airing the NRL in Africa may also inspire athletes and fans alike.”