FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 31st, 2019
2019 RUGBY WORLD CUP FINAL FEATURING ENGLAND V. SOUTH AFRICA LIVE ON NBCSN & NBC SPORTS GOLD THIS SATURDAY
LIVE Coverage Begins at 4:30 A.M. ET on Saturday; Encore Presentation of Final at Noon ET on NBC
New Behind the Scenes Feed on NBC Sports Gold Offers Fans Exclusive Access, Including Warm-Ups and Pre-Match Locker Room Look-Ins
Telemundo Deportes Provides Live Spanish-language Coverage of England v. South Africa on Universo
Bronze Final Featuring New Zealand v. Wales LIVE at 5 A.M. ET on Friday on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold
USA Rugby Captain Blaine Scully to Join In-Studio Commentating Team for Final
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 31, 2019 – England and South Africa will meet in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final this Saturday at International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan, live at 5 a.m. ET on NBCSN and on NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer streaming service NBC Sports Gold. Telemundo Deportes will provide Spanish-language live coverage of the match on Universo.
Coverage for England v. South Africa begins at 4:30 a.m. ET with a pre-match show. An encore presentation of the match will be presented on Saturday at Noon ET on NBC.
NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold will also present the 2019 Rugby World Cup Bronze Final between New Zealand and Wales live on Friday at 5 a.m. ET.
Following is this weekend’s Finals schedule on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold:
|Date||Round||Match||Pre-Match Show||Match Time|
|Friday, Nov. 1||Bronze Final||New Zealand v. Wales||—||5 a.m. ET|
|Saturday, Nov. 2||Final||England v. South Africa||4:30 a.m. ET||5 a.m. ET*#|
|*Re-Airs on NBC at Noon ET
#Spanish-language coverage live on Universo
England defeated then-world No. 1 New Zealand, 19-7, in the Semi-Finals this past weekend to advance to the Final for the fourth time, although this will be their first Final appearance since 2007. England seek their second-ever Rugby World Cup championship, having previously won the title in 2003.
South Africa advanced to the Finals by beating Wales, 19-16. The Springboks look to secure their third Rugby World Cup title, and their first since 2007.
Saturday’s match will mark the fifth World Cup meeting all-time between the two nations, with South Africa holding a 3-1 advantage. The nations last met in the 2007 World Cup Final, when South Africa won, 15-6, to secure their second World Cup championship.
NBC Sports will provide live look-ins throughout the broadcast from Twickenham Stadium, home to England Rugby, which will host a World Cup Final viewing party for England fans.
NBC Sports Gold’s “Rugby World Cup Pass” will continue to provide live, commercial-free and on-demand coverage, and will also offer an exclusive viewing experience through its Behind the Scenes Feed. The Behind the Scenes Feed will provide fans exclusive looks at live player arrivals, pre-match locker room access, on-pitch drills and warm-ups and super slow-mo replays during live action.
NBC Sports Gold’s Tactical Cam, which was utilized last week in the Semi-Finals, will again be available, giving fans an exclusive alternative viewing experience which shows the entire pitch and every player, enabling viewers to see how the offensive and defensive schemes develop in real-time.
NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey will host Rugby World Cup programming for the Final along with Sky Sports’ Rupert Cox, who will also handle the play-by-play call for both the Final and Bronze 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.
Dan Lyle, a former USA Rugby captain and Premiership Rugby player, will join Diffey, Cox, Corbisiero, and Hightower in studio coverage, including the pre-match show. USA Rugby captain Blaine Scully will join Diffey and Lyle in-studio for the Final.
Sky Sports’ Gail Davis will report on the Final live on-site from International Stadium Yokohama.
A new episode of The Scrumdown podcast is available now, as Scully joins Corbisiero to recap the Semi-Finals, preview the Finals and discuss the future of USA Rugby.
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 World Cup Final and Bronze Final live, commercial-free and on-demand
- On-demand viewings of all eight Knockout Round matches
- 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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