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RugbyPass announces exclusive reseller partnership with VeNA for New Zealand and Australia

Mon, 22 Jan 2018

Local ad tech company VeNA and RugbyPass, the world’s largest English language digital rugby network, have signed an exclusive reseller partnership covering New Zealand and Australia.

RugbyPass has a focus on original content to entertain and inform the 120 million global rugby fans, in addition to delivering visible, effective media and creative solutions to brands.

Across Asia and parts of Europe, RugbyPass is the exclusive digital rights holder and OTT broadcaster for live rugby, including Super Rugby, The Rugby Championship & Autumn Internationals, Six Nations, Aviva Premiership, European Champions Cup, Pro14, Top14, Mitre 10 Cup and much more . Although the live streaming is not available in New Zealand or Australia, RugbyPass’ global team of rugby personalities, sports journalists and commentators are producing rapid and scalable content including in-depth features, articles, videos and podcasts, attracting growing numbers of NZ and Australian audiences who are avid rugby fans.  In addition, RugbyPass’ global match centre allows fans to follow game stats in real time, when they don’t have access to the live broadcast, and its fantasy gaming products provide strong engagement for tens of thousands of users.

The RugbyPass platform consists of an interconnected network of rugby websites, and social pages catering to different fan groups and geos. These include,,,, Fantasy Rugger, various podcasts and 15+ high-reach Facebook pages.

Opportunities for brands in NZ and Australia to connect with the RugbyPass audience include display, video, integrated sponsorships and branded content, email, social distribution and amplification.

“We are excited to kick off 2018 with this announcement” says Toni Knowles, VeNA’s General Manager NZ. “This partnership further strengthens our premium sports category, is a strong media brand with NZ connections at its core, and has an exciting roadmap focused on the evolving needs of the global rugby audience.”

“The New Zealand and Australian rugby audience is hugely important to us and provides exciting and engaging opportunities for brands. We recognise the importance of having a locally focused sales partner to lead and manage the relationships with agencies and their brands” says Richard North, Chief Operating Officer for RugbyPass. “With Super Rugby action starting on the 17th February and new seasons of our various original video formats kicking off again, our traffic and engagement across New Zealand and Australia builds considerably, making it an opportune time for brands to get involved.”


About VeNA

VeNA is an award winning, proprietary SaaS Video SSP, adserver and programmatic sales house operating across the Asia Pacific region. Independent, with offices in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, its core programmatic values are transparency, real time information and viewability. For agency partners, VeNA provides a wide range of solutions for distribution of video advertising at scale. For site/app and technology partners, VeNA offers a range of video asset management and platform services that add value and align complementary business objectives, to develop new revenue and strategic opportunities.

About RugbyPass

Launched in 2016 by Coliseum Sports Media ( with a vision to connect the 120M global rugby fans, RugbyPass is the home of rugby in Asia and now the largest English-language rugby audience network in the world. RugbyPass offers fans one destination to watch or follow the world’s top rugby matches, including Super Rugby, Aviva Premiership, European Champions Cup and more, in high definition on the internet or any app-enabled device.

RugbyPass complements a boom time for the game in Asia, including World Rugby’s deal with Chinese broadcaster Alibaba, the return of Singapore to the World Rugby Sevens circuit and the inclusion of Japan’s Sunwolves in Super Rugby.

In April 2016, Discovery Communications acquired a minority stake in the platform to provide sports fans to greater access to content on more screens, when and wherever they choose to watch it.


For further information contact:

Toni Knowles

General Manager NZ


[email protected]

Ph +64 21 642 773