RTÉ and Virgin Media Television today announced details of a partnership to broadcast the 2023 Rugby World Cup free-to-air for Irish sports fans.

With the broadcasters already sharing an agreement for the men's, women's and Under-20 Six Nations tournaments, the latest deal will ensure all 48 games of the tournament in France will be live on Irish television across RTÉ television, RTÉ Player and Virgin Media Television and Virgin Media Player.

Ireland's matches will be shared across the broadcasters with the Rugby World Cup final being broadcast simultaneously live on both RTÉ and Virgin Media.

RTÉ has also secured live radio broadcast rights for Ireland's games.

The World Cup begins on 8 September when hosts France take on New Zealand at the Stade de France, with Andy Farrell’s side beginning their tournament the following day against Romania.

Ireland will also face South Africa, Scotland and Tonga in Pool B.

The World Cup final takes place on Saturday, 28 October.

"Over the last number of years, we have been focused on acquiring sports rights to ensure that our national games and our national teams in action are shared with the widest possible audience," RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes said.

"We are delighted to make this latest agreement with World Rugby ensuring that the entire Rugby World Cup tournament is brought to Irish audiences free to air across RTÉ and Virgin Media Television.

"It's the jewel in the crown of international rugby and given the Irish team's phenomenal performance, the excitement is building towards September. It's a fantastic result that ensures Irish audiences won't miss any of the action."