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BBC retains exclusive Rugby World Cup audio rights

A BBC Radio 5 Live microphone. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

The BBC, the UK's public-service broadcaster, has acquired exclusive audio rights to this year's Rugby World Cup in France.

Every match of rugby union's showpiece tournament will be live across the BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra and BBC Sounds channels, and will be heard via the BBC Sport website and app.

In addition, the regional Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland stations will produce bespoke output for their nations.

The BBC held exclusive audio rights to the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil and the 2019 edition in Japan, and covers the Six Nations rugby union championship in a four-year deal to 2025.

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