The South African government has welcomed an agreement between the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and MultiChoice regarding the broadcast rights for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The Springboks, who are three-time world champions, will be participating in the World Cup taking place in France from Friday 8 September to Saturday 28 October.
MultiChoice announced that it had reached an agreement with the SABC to sub-license broadcast rights to the public broadcaster for the Rugby World Cup.
This means that millions of South Africans will be able to watch key matches in the 2023 tournament, including all the games which the Springboks will participate in.
“I welcome this groundbreaking agreement which will allow all South Africans to watch the world champions, the Springboks, as they defend their Rugby World Cup title.
“Rugby has the potential to unite our people, to foster social cohesion and national unity. We have seen this in the times the Springboks have won the Rugby World Cup,” Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Zizi Kodwa said.
The 2023 Rugby World Cup begins on Friday, with the Springboks playing their first game on Sunday against Scotland.