All 61 Rugby League World Cup matches from the men’s, women’s and wheelchair editions of the tournament are set to be broadcast on BBC.

It is the first time all three versions of the competition will be broadcast live on free-to-air television in the UK.

As the deal kicks off with the men’s tournament opener between England and Samoa on 15 October in Newcastle, every England, Scotland and Wales match will be shown on BBC One or BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

The company has outlined that BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra will also have commentary of selected games along with news, updates and interviews. 

Meanwhile, Mark Chapman, Tanya Arnold and JJ Chalmers will lead the TV coverage of the tournaments.

The BBC stated: “Expert analysis and punditry will come from an international line-up, which contains England’s most-capped player James Graham and a trio of former Great Britain and England forwards in Jamie Peacock, Jon Wilkin and Jamie Jones-Buchanan.”

Moreso, the broadcaster’s website and app will also contain written and video build-up features, live texts, match reports, in-play stats, features and columns. 

BBC Sounds are also creating a weekly Rugby League World Cup podcast, whilst BBC Sport’s social media channels will deliver match highlights on YouTube, and Rugby League World Cup content on TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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