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Rugby fans without DStv will again miss out on the opportunity to watch the remaining two rugby Tests between South Africa and England.

The matches will only be broadcast live on radio, the SABC announced.

In a joint statement with rights-holder SuperSport, however, the SABC confirmed it would not show the matches on television.

“The SABC has decided, as a principle, that for the events that it has rights to (such as in respect of Bafana Bafana) it will broadcast on a live basis,” SABC acting chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng said.

“In the case of rugby, SABC does not hold rights and is therefore not able to broadcast these matches on a live basis.”

However, SuperSport International chief executive Happy Ntshingila said the rights holder had offered to sub-license the television rights for Springbok games to the SABC.

Ntshingila was nonetheless “pleased that the SABC had acquired radio rights to the Test matches”. – Sapa


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