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Rugby-Australia sign three-year broadcast deal with Nine for A$100m

SYDNEY, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Rugby Australia ended months of financial uncertainty with an announcement on Monday they had reached an in-principle three-year agreement with the Nine Network with an option to extend the contract for a further two years.

The agreement, which needs sign-off from the SANZAAR partnership, is worth A$100 million ($72.87 million) for the first three years, Rugby Australia said in a statement.

It will provide free-to-air coverage of one Super Rugby AU match a week on television, with the other matches and games from New Zealand’s Super Rugby Aotearoa on the company’s streaming platform Stan behind a paywall.

The platform will also stream international matches featuring the men’s Wallabies and women’s Wallaroos with selected games made available on free-to-air. ($1 = 1.3723 Australian dollars) (Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Sam Holmes)