FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
2019 RUGBY WORLD CUP ENTERS SEMI-FINALS THIS WEEKEND LIVE ON NBCSN & NBC SPORTS GOLD
England v. New Zealand LIVE Coverage at 3:30 A.M. ET on Saturday; Wales v. South Africa LIVE Coverage at 4:30 A.M. ET on Sunday
USA Rugby Captain Blaine Scully to Join In-Studio Commentating Team for Semi-Finals and Final
NBC Sports Gold’s Presentation of Semi-Finals to Include Exclusive Alternate Viewing Experience with Tactical Cam Showing Entire Pitch
Individual World Cup Knock-Out Round Matches Available for Purchase Through “Rugby World Cup Single Match Pass”
New Episode of The Scrumdown Podcast Previews Semi-Final Action with Alex Corbisiero, Brian Hightower and Dan Lyle
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 23, 2019 – The 2019 Rugby World Cup enters the Semi-Finals this weekend as the world’s top-four ranked teams meet at International Stadium Yokohama live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold for the opportunity to play in the Rugby World Cup Final.
In addition to NBCSN’s live coverage, both matches will be available live, commercial-free and on-demand through NBC Sports Gold’s “Rugby World Cup Pass.” Coverage includes 30-minute pre-match shows, and both matches will also be re-aired later in the day on NBC.
World No. 1 New Zealand advanced to the Semi-Finals after defeating Ireland, 46-14, last weekend to set up a meeting with No. 2-ranked England, who beat Australia, 40-16, in the Quarter-Finals.
In the other Semi-Final matchup, Wales will face South Africa after coming from behind to defeat France in a thrilling 20-19 victory last week. South Africa, who is ranked No. 4 in the world behind Wales, advanced to the Semi-Finals by beating host-nation Japan, 26-3.
The four Semi-Finalists have combined to win six total World Cup championships: New Zealand (three), South Africa (two), and England (one). New Zealand is seeking its third consecutive World Cup championship, while Wales looks for its first-ever title.
NBC Sports Gold’s “Rugby World Cup Pass” will also offer an exclusive alternative viewing experience through its Tactical Cam. The Tactical Cam angle will show the entire pitch and every player, enabling viewers to see how the offensive and defensive schemes develop in real-time.
Following is this weekend’s Semi-Finals schedule on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold:
|Date||Match||Pre-Match Show||Match Time||NBC Re-Air|
|Saturday, Oct. 26||England v. New Zealand||3:30 a.m. ET||4 a.m. ET||2:30 p.m. ET|
|Sunday, Oct. 27||Wales v. South Africa||4:30 a.m. ET||5 a.m. ET||2:30 p.m. ET|
NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey will host Rugby World Cup programming across NBC Sports properties throughout the knock-out rounds along with Sky Sports’ Rupert Cox, who will also handle the play-by-play call for both Semi-Final matches and the Final. NBC Sports’ rugby analysts Alex Corbisiero, who played internationally for England, and Brian Hightower, a former USA Rugby World Cup participant and USA Sevens captain, will serve as game analysts alongside Cox.
Sky Sports’ Gail Davis and James Cole will provide live match reports on-site from International Stadium Yokohama, with Davis reporting on the England-New Zealand match and Cole handling Wales-South Africa responsibilities.
Dan Lyle, a former USA Rugby captain and Premiership Rugby player, will join Diffey, Cox, Corbisiero, and Hightower in studio coverage, including pre-match shows. USA Rugby captain Blaine Scully will join Diffey and Lyle in the studios for the Semi-Finals and Final.
The 2019 Rugby World Cup began on Sept. 20 and culminates with the Rugby World Cup Final on Saturday, Nov. 2, from International Stadium Yokohama. The World Cup Final will be available live on NBC Sports Gold, and re-aired on NBC. NBCSN will also present live coverage of the 2019 Final.
A new episode of The Scrumdown podcast is available now, as Hightower and Lyle join Corbisiero to review last weekend’s Quarter-Final matches and preview the Semi-Finals.
NBC Sports Gold provides rugby fans with unprecedented access to the 2019 Rugby World Cup with multiple direct-to-consumer live streaming passes, which include commercial-free coverage, live and on-demand, on desktop, mobile, tablet and connected TV devices.
Following are the NBC Sports Gold Rugby World Cup 2019 options available for purchase for the knockout rounds:
- “Rugby World Cup Pass”
- Available for $99.99 for all remaining matches
- Includes remaining 4 matches live, commercial-free and on-demand
- Features exclusive original programming, pre- and post-day shows, extended match highlights and more
- Includes digital access to “Wake Up with the World Cup,” which recaps the day’s action with NBC Sports’ rugby commentator team
- “Rugby World Cup Single Match Pass”
- Available for $34.99 per match
- “All-Access Premium Rugby Pass”
- Available for $144.99
- Includes all offerings from “Rugby Pass” and “Rugby World Cup Pass”
- “Rugby Pass” consists of all matches from the Premiership Rugby League, Six Nations Championship, Heineken Champions Cup, knock-out phase matches of the European Rugby Cup Challenge and men’s & women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series
- “Rugby World Cup Pass”
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