On the day of the most anticipated Telstra Premiership in memory, rugby leagues biggest New Zealand broadcast rights partnership features:
All Vodafone Warriors Telstra Premiership matches, the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars, the Holden State of Origin Series, Telstra Premiership finals series and grand final will be shown live on SKY Sport;
All Telstra Premiership matches and televised Holden Cup matches are available for broadcast on SKY Sport.
The game in New Zealand is the strongest it has ever been at all levels and we are thrilled that we have agreed to a long-term partnership to bring the best rugby league competition in the world to fans across New Zealand, said NRL general manager, strategic projects, Shane Mattiske.
The anticipation ahead of the 2013 Telstra Premiership has been incredible, especially for the Vodafone Warriors opening home match at Eden Park in round two against the Roosters.
We know how much it means to fans in New Zealand to be able to watch rugby league and this partnership offers the most comprehensive coverage ever provided.
Richard Last, SKYs director of sport, was enthusiastic about the deal.
We know how passionate SKY viewers are about the NRL and we are delighted to announce this five-year deal to deliver fantastic rugby league viewing to New Zealanders, he said.
SKY Television has also announced that Andrew Voss will commentate all Vodafone Warriors home games alongside ex-Kiwi player turned broadcaster Daryl Halligan.