Spike To Air Rugby League Playoffs  

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Spike TV will televise for the first time in the United States the National Rugby League playoffs and championship game, beginning Sept. 11.

The network will air same day tape coverage of three weekly NRL playoff contests from Australia beginning Sept. 11, culminating with the Grand Final on Sunday, October 4, said Brian J. Diamond, senior vice president, sports & specials, Spike TV.

The NRL is one of the premiere rugby organizations in the world, and the 16-team league features 15 teams from Australia - including one owned by actor Russell Crowe -- and one from New Zealand.

"Given the entire population of Australia is only 21 million people, having our playoffs aired in almost 100 million homes on Spike TV is a very exciting opportunity for our game," said NRL COO Graham Annesley in a statement. "I have no doubt that Spike viewers will love the physicality, speed, toughness and non-stop action of the NRL."