[TELEVISION WATCH] The Fox Soccer Channel debuted as Fox Sports World in 1997 for a reason. It offered more than soccer. Now that Fox Soccer Plus -- Fox Soccer Channel 2 if you will -- will air, beginning on March 1, it will return to its roots. Rugby will be among the offers on the new Fox network.
Rugby and Australian rules football were among the offerings on Fox Sports World until all non-soccer programming was pulled in 2006 and the network renamed Fox Soccer Channel.
Fox's purchase of Setanta Sports properties means that rugby will return in the form of matches from England’s Guinness Premiership, the European Heineken Cup and Magners League.
In addition to the English Premier League, Italy’s Serie A and UEFA Champions League previously announced, Fox Soccer Plus will also air matches from the English FA Cup, England’s Coca-Cola Championship (second division) and League Cup.