Rugby League World Cup 2013: Jamie Peacock part of BBC team

Rugby League World Cup

  • Dates: 26 October to 30 November

Coverage: Live BBC TV, radio and online coverage of all England's group matches and Wales v Italy, plus one quarter-final, one semi-final and the final

Ex-England captain Jamie Peacock is among BBC Sport's line-up for its TV and radio coverage of the Rugby League World Cup 2013.

BBC Sport is showing live coverage of all England's group matches, as well as a quarter-final, a semi-final and the final at Old Trafford on 30 November.

Each game will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 live or 5 live sports extra.

World Cup 2013

  • Starts on Saturday 26 October with a double-header at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium featuring England v Australia and Wales v Italy
  • Final at Old Trafford on Saturday 30 November
  • 14 teams taking part (England, Australia, Fiji, Ireland, New Zealand, France, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Tonga, Italy, Wales, Cook Islands, United States)
  • Games take place in England, Wales, Ireland and France

The tournament starts on 26 October when England play Australia at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

After their opener, England play Ireland on 2 November and Fiji on 9 November.

New Zealand are the current holders, having shocked Australia in the 2008 decider to win the tournament for the first time.

Leeds Rhinos forward Peacock, who retired from international rugby in June 2012, will provide expert analysis alongside Salford coach Brian Noble, ex-Wales international Jonathan Davies and former New Zealand half-back Robbie Hunter-Paul in the television coverage.

Mark Chapman will present the BBC's television coverage, with commentary from Dave Woods and Ray French.

Tanya Arnold will present a regular highlights programme, which includes all the action from games not shown live.

Ex-Castleford, Wakefield and London winger Jon Wells joins Peacock as a radio summariser, with Dave Woods, George Riley and Stuart Pyke sharing the commentary duties.

In addition, Radio 5 live will bring all the news, interviews and analysis throughout, as well as a daily podcast.

Chapman will also present a special preview forum show, with an audience and special guests, from Cardiff on 24 October. The show will be live on the BBC Red Button and simulcast on Radio 5 live (19:30-21:00 BST).

Rugby League Forum

Rugby League World Cup preview

The BBC Sport website will provide comprehensive coverage across the entire World Cup, including a live stream of all matches shown on television and audio commentary of those live on radio. Live text commentary will be available for all home nations matches.

The website will also feature reports on every fixture plus the latest news and analysis from the BBC's expert team throughout the tournament.

BBC Sport director Barbara Slater said: "As we look forward to our coverage of the Rugby League World Cup, the BBC's commitment to rugby league is greater than ever for audiences across all of our platforms.

"We're proud to be the terrestrial home of live England international action from the World Cup, which builds on our continuing live coverage of the Challenge Cup, our highlights coverage of Super League and future live international rugby league."