David Skipwith is the Herald's rugby league reporter

Rugby League: Sky confident of confirming rights to test broadcast

Kiwis halfback Shaun Johnson pushes away from Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith during the 2014 Four Nations final. Photo/Getty.
Kiwis halfback Shaun Johnson pushes away from Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith during the 2014 Four Nations final. Photo/Getty.

Sky TV are assuring fans they will be able to see Friday night's transtasman league test even though they haven't yet secured the rights to broadcast the game in New Zealand.

The clash at Newcastle's Hunter Stadium is currently listed on Sky's programme schedule with the allotted broadcast time between 9.30pm and midnight 'To Be Confirmed'.

The uncertainty is not welcomed by fans desperate to watch the Kiwis, who are chasing their fourth consecutive test win over Australia for the first time since 1952-53.

But Sky are confident of having the rights confirmed and it's not uncommon for negotiations to be finalised in the days before an event.

"We're actually in discussions right now," explained Sky director of communication Kirsty Way.

"We're confident. We actually had thought that it was a done deal but there's a bit more paperwork to work through but we do have assurance that the match will definitely be shown on TV.

"There's no risk that Kiwis won't be able to see it."

Radio Sport has confirmed it will have a live radio call of the Anzac Test on Friday night.

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