Shute Shield: Sydney Rugby Union seal deal to get competition on free to air television

By MARK CASHMAN

The 2020 Shute Shield competition will be telecast on free to air television with a deal being struck on Wednesday, Rugby News can report.

One match each week will be telecast live on Seven Two on Saturday afternoons with the finals series and the grand final also bundled into the deal.

The deal is comparable to previous arrangements and the Sydney Rugby Union will be finalising the financials over the new few days to help clubs with their participation in the Covid-19 affected competition.

The arrangement, which covers only the 2020 season, has been signed off thanks to the ongoing support of Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union.

SRU president Phil Parsons said he was excited that the best club footy competition in the country has again found a home on Seven Two.

“It’s great news for all our clubs, sponsors, members and of course our many volunteers,” Parsons said.

“We’ll be working our way through all the detail over the next couple of days so we can be ready to showcase our great game on Saturday July 18 and beyond.”

The first TV game is likely to be the grand final replay between Warringah and Sydney Uni at Rat Park on July 18.

The Shute Shield remains a vital part of the bundle that Rugby Australia is taking to the market at the moment but the importance of this slice of game cannot be underestimated.

The news of the TV deal comes on the day that further Covid-19 restrictions were relaxed with contact training under strict guidelines allowed.