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Nine expands NRLW deal to broadcast all 48 games for upcoming season

Nine’s Wide World of Sports will now broadcast every game of the 2023 National Rugby League Women’s Premiership (NRLW) live and free after reaching a new deal with the league.

The games will be broadcast on 9Network and streamed on 9Now, with the recently expanded 48-game NRLW season to kick off on 22 July. In comparison, last year’s season had 18 games with Nine broadcasting a limited selction.

The broadcast will be free-to-air first, and 45 games will be shown on the main 9Network channel.

The NRLW broadcast schedule features four Saturday triple-headers, regular Sunday double-headers leading into NRL Sunday Footy, three prime-time games on Channel 9HD, and two stand-alone Thursday night games during the 2023 NRL finals series. Nine weekly free-to-air games across the NRL and NRLW will start from the first week of August.

Wide World of Sports will also complement the broadcast with a dedicated weekly women’s rugby league show on Channel 9 and 9Now, plus a weekly NRLW podcast.

“In partnership with the NRL we are dedicated to growing the women’s game, and what better way to do that than making every game of the NRLW available live and free to existing and new fans across the country,” Nine Wide World of Sports head of partnerships and strategy Simon Fordham said.

“The new broadcast agreement for the expanding NRLW competition required all stakeholders to unite and make decisions based on the growth of the sport. We look forward to showcasing the talents of these incredibly gifted athletes on Nine in what has become the most entertaining women’s football code in the nation.”

The upcoming season sees four new teams joining the NRLW from the Cronulla Sharks, Canberra Raiders, North Queensland Cowboys and Wests Tigers.

The commentary team for both the NRLW season and Women’s State of Origin will feature former Jillaroos Ruan Sims and Allana Ferguson, hosts Emma Lawrence and Danika Mason, defending NRLW premiership captain Millie Boyle along with support from the entire Wide World of Sports rugby league team.

NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said: “In 2023, there will be new rivalries and new timeslots with every match being broadcast on the 9Network nationally and primetime coverage for the first time ever.”

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