FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015 ACTION THIS SATURDAY WITH SOUTH AFRICA VS. NEW ZEALAND SEMIFINAL MATCH AT 2:30 P.M. ET ON NBC
NBC Presents Rugby World Cup Action From Historic Twickenham Stadium
Live Coverage of Rugby World Cup 2015 Final – Saturday, Oct. 31 at Noon ET on NBC
Universal Sports Network Coverage Features Argentina-Australia in Semifinal Match Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET, Bronze Final on Oct. 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET
NBC Sports Live Extra to Provide Streaming Coverage
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 22, 2015 – NBC Sports begins its coverage of Rugby World Cup 2015 this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, when South Africa faces defending champion New Zealand in the semifinals at historic Twickenham Stadium in England.
The winner of Saturday’s semifinal match between South Africa and New Zealand will advance to the Rugby World Cup 2015 final and face the winner of the Argentina-Australia semifinal match. NBC will present live coverage of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Final next Saturday, Oct. 31 at noon ET. Universal Sports Network will air live coverage of the Argentina-Australia semifinal match Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET, as well as the bronze final on Friday, Oct. 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream Rugby World Cup 2015 coverage airing on NBC. UniversalSports.com will stream all Universal Sports coverage.
Veteran announcer Bill Seward will serve as the play-by-play commentator for Rugby World Cup 2015 coverage on NBC and Universal Sports Network. He will be joined in the booth by former USA Sevens captain and USA Rugby World Cup participant Brian Hightower.
New Zealand advanced to Saturday’s semifinal with a perfect 4-0-0 mark in pool play, followed by a 62-13 victory over France in the quarterfinals. South Africa advanced out of Pool B with a 3-0-1 record, and defeated Wales by a score of 23-19 in the quarterfinals last weekend.
New Zealand has won the Rugby World Cup twice since its inception in 1987, including the most recent Rugby World Cup in 2011 which took place in New Zealand. South Africa is also a two-time winner of the event (1995 and 2007).
Following is NBC Sports and Universal Sports Network’s remaining Rugby World Cup 2015 coverage:
|Sat., October 24||Semifinal – South Africa vs. New Zealand*||2:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Sun., October 25||Semifinal – Argentina vs. Australia||11:30 a.m.||Universal Sports|
|Fri., October 30||Bronze Final||3:30 p.m.||Universal Sports|
|Sat., October 31||Rugby World Cup 2015 Final||Noon||NBC|
In addition to Rugby World Cup 2015, NBC Sports Group’s rugby coverage includes international matches featuring the USA Eagles, as well as USA Sevens Vegas, the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, and the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup.
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream Rugby World Cup 2015 coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.
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