SBS wins rights to France and England Spring Tour Tests

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by Beth Newman

The Wallabies' Spring Tour Tests against France and England will be shown on free-to-air TV, with SBS confirming it won the rights to the matches on Friday.

While all of the five tour matches will be shown on Foxtel on beIn Sport, the danger of no free-to-air coverage ignited vigorous debate in recent weeks.

It wasn't until last weekend that the England and France Tests had a confirmed broadcast channel across free-to-air or pay TV, with the two now the only matches to be broadcast across both mediums.

SBS broadcasts a number of sports, including the English Premier League, the A-League and the revamped NBL.

“SBS is pleased it can bring the very best of world Rugby to Australians free-to-air," SBS director of sport Ken Shipp said.

"Globally, sport is recognised as a way to bring people and communities together – not to mention it is also very much a part of Australia’s DNA. These matches are a great addition to SBS’s already strong summer sporting line up - which includes the Premier league, A-League, and the NBL”

SBS Spring Tour broadcast details

Sunday November 20 - France vs Wallabies - 6:50am AEDT, Stade de France, Paris

Sunday December 4 - England vs Wallabies - 1.25am AEDT, Twickenham Stadium, London

All of the Wallabies’ Spring Tour Tests will be broadcast LIVE on beIn Sports and streamed LIVE on Foxtel Go (for Foxtel subscribers).