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Last Updated: Monday, 26 November 2007, 16:04 GMT
BBC secures Challenge Cup rights
The Carnegie Challenge Cup
The BBC has secured exclusive rights to show rugby league's Challenge Cup live in 2009, 2010 and 2011 in a deal covering television and online.

An England international will also be shown annually as part of the deal.

"It's tremendous to extend and expand a highly successful multi-faceted partnership with BBC Sport," said RFL executive chairman Richard Lewis.

"The Carnegie Challenge Cup is now set to continue as a highly successful and key element of the BBC's portfolio."

He added: "The new live coverage of the England team is without doubt a tremendous development and mean these exciting events reach an even greater range of viewers."

Dominic Coles, BBC Sport director of sport rights, said: "We're delighted to be adding live international rugby league to our already extensive coverage of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

"With Super League highlights also included, the BBC now holds an impressive portfolio of rugby league rights, demonstrating our commitment to the sport and to its fans."

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