RUGBY FEVER REACHES NEW HEIGHTS – INFLIGHT AND IN SHIP CHANNEL SPORTS 24 TO BROADCAST UPCOMING WORLD CUPS
The next two Rugby World Cups are broadcasting on Sport 24 sports channel to travelers’ onboard airlines and cruise ships for long-haul trips only, not domestic travel. The sports technology deal announced out of London today between World Rugby in Dublin and IMG’s Sports 24, covers inflight and in ship broadcasts beginning with Rugby World Cup 2021. Part of Women’s rugby union, the tournament will be hosted this year in New Zealand for the first time, from October 8 to November 12. After 2022, international fans of the sport get a quick turnaround because Rugby World Cup 2023 for men happens in France from September 8 to October 28. Both tournaments are available on Sport 24’s premium sport offering delivered by Panasonic’s market-leading live television service broadcasted from satellite then streamed directly to each passenger’s airplane seat or ship room. The Sports Techie community blog covered two recent announcements by Sport 24 sharing breaking news about inflight and in ship broadcasts of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar, and the next two ICC Cricket World Cups. The pandemic caused a global shutdown of World Cups and rightfully so, yet now with flights and voyages back to near normal for many airlines and ship lines, interested fans can fly or travel by sea and enjoy live action of the next World Cups for rugby, football soccer, and cricket thanks to innovative technologies brought to life by IMG, Sport 24 and their partners.
World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin said, “We are delighted to have Sport 24 join the family of broadcasters for our men’s and women’s Rugby World Cups. Rugby World Cup 2021 will be a record-breaking celebration of the best of women’s rugby, starting with a 40,000 world record attendance for a women’s rugby match at Eden Park this Saturday. The excitement will continue to grow and partnering with Sport 24 means that fans won’t miss a minute no matter where they are!”
Rugby World Cup 2021/2022 For Women
Expect 38 hours of live coverage of the women’s rugby union world championship produced by Sport 24 as the Kiwi Ferns from New Zealand defend their title. The talented Oceania region team are five time title winners, the most of any participating country since the tournament was established in 1991.
Rugby World Cup 2034 For Men
Another part of the business arrangement with World Rugby calls for Sport 24 to broadcast 56 matches of Rugby World Cup 2023 from France covering 112 hours of live and riveting, 15v15 action. The 2023 tournament marks the tenth edition of the quadrennial (every four years) world championship for men’s rugby. South Africa won the last championship over England in 2019 was played in Japan.
IMG World Cup Pioneers
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. Their parent company, Endeavor, is a global sports and entertainment company. IMG Arena is another subsidiary.
Sport 24 is now a worldwide home for world cup sport. The UK based company have pioneered broadcasts at 40,000 feet and across long ocean voyages. Launched in 2012, both Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra are produced from IMG’s production HQ at Stockley Park, near London’s Heathrow Airport.
Look for Rugby World Cup coverage in addition to FIFA World Cup 2022 alongside both the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 competitions taking place this Fall.
Richard Wise, SVP, Content and Channels for IMG’s media business, said, “We are delighted to partner with World Rugby in an exciting and pivotal year for the sport. As rugby’s popularity continues to surge around the globe, we look forward to playing our role in expanding the reach and viewership of the sport through our unmatched inflight and in-ship live coverage of the next two World Cups.”
The Sport 24 sports channel also provides live action from the – Premier League, UEFA Champions & Europa League, ICC Cricket World Cups, NBA, NHL, NFL (Inflight Only), golf’s Majors, tennis’ Grand Slams and more.
I have many a friend that play rugby both as youth and adults, alike. The sport has different types of rugby, from rugby union, rugby league, rugby sevens, touch rugby and wheelchair rugby. Major League Rugby is flourishing in the United States and Canada.
RugbyLad stats claim there are approximately 6 million registered global players and in excess of 150,000 rugby union clubs around the world.
Enjoy the Rugby World Cup 2021 for women in New Zealand and Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.
Visit the Sport 24 schedule web page for updated information.
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