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Rugby League: Sky secure rights to transtasman test, sign new NRL deal through to 2022

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

Sky have secured the rights to Friday's transtasman league test and signed off on a new NRL deal that includes New Zealand-Australia test matches through to 2022.

Sky were locked in negotiations with the NRL yesterday but an agreement could not be reached, before finalising the new deal today.

Coverage of the Hunter Stadium clash between the Kiwis and Kangaroos will begin at 9.05pm, while the preceeding women's test between the Australian Jillaroos and Kiwi Ferns will begin at 7.10pm.

Sky have the rights to broadcast all NRL matches live together with Fox Sports panel shows, including Monday Night with Matty Johns, NRL360, and The Footy Show.

However, test football was not included in their previous arrangement, with Australia's Nine Network holding the rights to international matches through its deal with the Australian Rugby League Commission.

"Sky's discussions are wider ranging than just this test," Sky director of communication Kirsty Way explained yesterday.

"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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