6 Nov 2012

Maori All Blacks face TV blackout

8:42 pm on 6 November 2012

The Maori All Blacks' biggest game of their lightning rugby tour of England will not be shown on New Zealand television.

The Maori play Canada at Oxford University in the last game of their three-match, 10-day tour, and while the earlier fixtures against Leicester and a Championship XV will be broadcast by Sky Television, the Canada match is not being filmed at all.

A Sky spokesperson says there is little local interest and as the game is being played on a university ground where there are no television production facilities in place, it is not possible to broadcast it.

There is still no word on whether the All Black test against Italy will be screened in New Zealand.

Sky is still in discussions aimed at securing the rights.