Following the conclusion of the bidding process for France’s National Rugby League (la Ligue Nationale de Rugby) the Canal+ Group has confirmed it will be offering its subscribers full and exclusive coverage of the Top 14 championship.
Canal+ retains complete coverage of the competition, namely the seven games each championship match-day, the final stages, as well as iconic weekly show Jour de Rugby.
The rights cover the seasons 2015-2016 to 2018-2019.
Top 14 coverage boosts the widest package of rugby on television, enhanced by the renowned expertise and know-how of Canal+’s sports editorial team. Canal+ also holds the rights to Super Rugby, Rugby Championship and the French national team’s Test Matches in the southern hemisphere.
The news comes a day after an agreement with free-to-air commercial broadcaster TF1 to share coverage of the Rugby World Cup in September 2015.
The four-year deal is worth a record €74 million to the Ligue Nationale de Rugby. An earlier, slightly lower fee (€71m) had been agreed in 2014, but the process was challenged by beIN Sports, forcing the League to put the deal out to tender again.