BBC to show Rugby League World Cup

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The BBC will show live coverage of the Rugby League World Cups in 2013 and 2017.

They will also broadcast the Four Nations tournaments in 2014 and 2016 on TV, radio and online.

For this year's World Cup, which will be hosted in England and Wales, the BBC will have live TV and radio coverage of all England's group games, a quarter-final, a semi-final and the final.

There will also be a regular TV show with highlights from matches not shown live, and coverage on Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra, and the BBC Sport website and app.

BBC Sport director Barbara Slater said: ""These events join an impressive BBC Sport international portfolio that includes the 2014 Winter Olympics from Russia, the Football World Cup and Olympics in Rio in 2016 and the World Athletics Championships from 2013 to 2017."

It was recently announced that Radio 5 live has extended its contract for live coverage of Premier League matches until 2016.

Sport is the most expensive genre for the BBC other than News and DQF plans have led to a 15% cut in the corporation's sport rights budget, much of which has been achieved by the deal to share Formula 1 coverage with Sky.

Slater blogged last year that the BBC "will be spending more than £2 billion on sport" until 2017.

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