The Rugby World Cup 2011 will be broadcast by Universal Sports Network and NBC, according to the official Rugby World Cup website. Taking place in New Zealand, this will be the first time the Rugby World Cup will be broadcast in the US after the International Rugby Board awarded the networks exclusive US broadcast rights. Universal Sports Network and NBC were also given rights to the 2015 World Cup. NOTE: For U.S. broadcast details refer to this more recent article.
In the US, Universal Sports and NBC will have television and digital rights to all 48 matches of the World Cup. The events will also be available on Universal Sports’ website and mobile platforms.
“Today’s (June 17) announcement represents a significant milestone in the development of Rugby in the United States,” said IRB Chief Executive Mike Miller.
Universal Sports has also broadcast the US College Sevens and the Churchill Cup in US markets this year.
Unfortunately, Universal Sports is currently only offered in standard-definition (you can find the network on the over-the-air sub-channels). One would hope they could get a high-def feed going for next summer’s matches. NBC, of course, will be able to broadcast any of the scheduled matches in HD.