CBS Sports and Moore Rugby America announced today a television partnership bringing the fast-paced, hard-hitting sport of Rugby League Football to CBS Sports Network.
CBS Sports Network will air live coverage of the inaugural Rugby League Football International Challenge on Saturday, June 23 (4:00 PM ET) from Denver, Colorado. The game will feature top-tier Rugby League nations New Zealand and England at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home of the 3-time Super Bowl champions Denver Broncos.
Sanctioned by the RLIF, Rugby League’s world governing body, the June 23 Test Match between Rugby League’s second and third-ranked national men’s teams will be the 17th time in their history the two sides will face each other since first meeting in 1908 – with New Zealand leading the series 9-6-1. Not to be missed, prior to kickoff, New Zealand will perform the haka, the traditional Māori war dance meant to intimidate opponents and build courage – and one of most famous spectacles in all of sports.
This major international event is the first step as interest builds for the Rugby League World Cup, set to be hosted by the United States and Canada in 2025 (hosted in England in 2021). The six-week tournament is Rugby League’s premier global event and will feature 16 men and eight women’s national teams, including the two host countries.
“This Denver Test is a pivotal moment for international Rugby League Football as we look forward to 2025,” said Jason Moore, President of Moore Rugby America. “On June 23, North American sports fans will witness the speed, power and intensity of world-class Rugby League Football – live, in person or on CBS Sports Network.”
The Rugby League Football International Challenge adds to CBS Sports Network’s strong lineup of live Rugby Union coverage. CBS Sports Network also is the home to the inaugural season of Major League Rugby (MLR) featuring the MLR semifinals on June 30 (7:00 PM, ET) with the championship match on July 7 (9:00PM, ET).
For more information about the Rugby League Football International Challenge, proudly sponsored by Visit Denver, visit www.rugbyleaguechallenge.com. For information about how to access CBS Sports Network, visit www.cbssportsnetwork.com.