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IRB ANNOUNCES RECORD TV FIGURES

The 2005/06 Series, won for the first time by Fiji, experienced 1147 hours of airtime over the eight tournaments, representing an 85 percent increase on the previous year.

The 2005/06 series comprised tournaments in Dubai, George (South Africa), Wellington (New Zealand), Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris and London. It was televised by 32 international broadcasters (up 3 from 2004/05) in 11 different languages and reached 187 million homes (up an impressive 27 million from 2004/05) in 136 countries (up 3 from 2004/05), and had a potential cumulative audience reach of over 475 million (up 25 million from 2004/05). Live coverage more than doubled with 530 hours of action being broadcast.