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NZ Rugby takes Sky stake as Sanzaar rights deal finalised

Sevu Reece of New Zealand runs with the ball to score his side's seventh try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game against Namibia (by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand has extended its rights deal with New Zealand Rugby, with the “revolutionary” new contract involving the sport’s national governing body becoming an investor in Sky.

The five-year deal announced today (Monday) extends Sky’s existing broadcast rights to competitions organised by Sanzaar, rugby union’s regional governing body comprising the unions of South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina, to 2025.

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