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Rugby World Cup will stick with ITV

ITV has been awarded host broadcasting rights for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

And they have also gained United Kingdom rights for the next World Cup, to be staged in New Zealand during September and October next year.

The decisions, both subject to contract, were announced by Rugby World Cup Limited following what they described as a “rigorous process” during the past two months.

ITV has screened every Rugby World Cup since 1991.

Niall Sloane, ITV's controller of sport, said: “We are delighted to have secured the next two Rugby World Cups free-to-air for ITV's viewers, particularly as the 2015 tournament takes place in England.

“Rugby World Cup has provided some of sport's most iconic television moments of recent decades.”

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