RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP: BBC ANNOUNCE COVERAGE PLANS FOR TOURNAMENT

For the first time in Rugby League World Cup history, all 61 games from the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments will be broadcast live on free-to-air UK television as the BBC delivers all of the action from every single game.



BBC Sport will ensure audiences across the country witness every try, tackle and memorable moment, kicking off with England against Samoa on BBC One on 15 October, through to the finals on November 19.



Mark Chapman, Tanya Arnold and JJ Chalmers will lead the presentation across BBC TV and BBC iPlayer.


Expert analysis and insight throughout the tournament will come from an international line up, which includes England’s most capped player James Graham, who brings a wealth of knowledge on the NRL and Super League; former Great Britain and England forwards Jamie Peacock, Jon Wilkin and Jamie Jones-Buchanan.



Plus former England Women internationals Danika Priim and Lois Forsell; former Wales player Jonathan Davies, former Ireland forward Kyle Amor, former New Zealand international Robbie Hunter-Paul, former England playmaker Kevin Brown, former Great Britain coach Brian Noble and many more!


Alongside the BBC’s lead rugby league commentator Dave Woods are Matt Newsum and Sharon Shortle, and joining them across the whole tournament is one of Australia’s most recognisable voices, Andrew Voss. Mark Wilson and Andy Stevenson complete the top-class commentary line up.



World Cup reporters across the tournament, bringing audiences all of the latest news and updates from participating teams include the experienced and well respected Jenna Brooks, Damian Johnson and Tanya Arnold.


The BBC have also announced two documentaries:

Women Of Steel: This BBC Sport documentary follows a group of fiercely determined women who have given up everything for the sport they love. Women Of Steel goes behind the scenes with the England Women’s Rugby League squad in the build-up to the World Cup this October.



Clive Sullivan: Rugby League Legend

This 30-minute documentary sees former footballer and Clive’s nephew Nathan Blake talk to family, friends and pundits to celebrate the man who did so much to help the next generation of black sportsmen and women. Nathan also delves into Clive’s life away from the rugby pitch and his influence outside of the game.


BBC Sport will ensure audiences across the country witness every try, tackle and memorable moment, kicking off with England against Samoa on BBC One on 15 October, through to the finals on November 19.