BBC Sport to televise all England group games at Rugby League World Cup

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by Stephen Chapman

BBC Sport has announced details of its coverage of the Rugby League World Cup, which it says will be the most comprehensive ever.

Mark Chapman will present the television coverage with commentators, Dave Woods and Ray French. The panel of experts include Brian Noble, Jonathan Davies, Robbie Hunter-Paul and former Great Britain and England captain, Jamie Peacock.

BBC television will have live coverage of all England’s games, including the Opening Ceremony as well as a quarter final match, a semi final at Wembley and the Old Trafford final. A highlights programme hosted by Tanya Arnold will be shown throughout the tournament.

BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra will cover every match live, with commentary from Dave Woods, George Riley and Stuart Pyke. Jamie Peacock will also appear on the radio, along with pundit Jon Wells. Audio commentary will be available on the BBC Sport website.

Chapman will preview the competition with a forum show from Cardiff, which will be live on the BBC Red Button and simulcast on Radio 5 Live on 24th October.

“As we look forward to our coverage of the Rugby League World Cup, the BBC’s commitment to rugby league is greater than ever for audiences across all of our platforms. We’re proud to be the terrestrial home of live England International action from the World Cup which builds on our continuing live coverage of the Challenge Cup, our highlights coverage of Super League and future live International rugby league,” said Barbara Slater, director, BBC Sport.

BBC Sport and BBC Radio 5 Live are both based at MediaCityUK.