• More cash for French clubs

    The Ligue Nationale de Rugby has announced a new five-year deal with Canal+ for exclusive French Top 14 TV rights, worth an average of €71-million per season.

    The rights are currently worth €32-million a season.

    The new deal runs from the start of next season with Canal+ paying €70-million for each of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, €71-million for the 2016-17 season, and €72-million for each of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

    The LNR said it believed the new deal would enable the organisation to 'strengthen the status of the Top 14 as the most attractive league in the world'.

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