NEW YORK– October 20, 2011 – The 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup will conclude this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC with exclusive coverage of the highly anticipated Final between New Zealand and France. Universal Sports Network will re-air the final at 8 p.m. ET. The Bronze Final between Wales vs. Australia will be LIVE on Universal Sports Network Friday at 3:15 a.m. ET, with a re-air of the match at 7 p.m. ET.
The famed New Zealand All Blacks, the World No. 1 team, will attempt to capture a second world title in its first World Cup Final appearance since 1995. New Zealand’s last world title in 1987 was against France. Though a surprising finalist this year, France previously beat New Zealand in the 1999 World Cup semifinals and in the 2007 quarterfinals.
Fans can also watch the World Cup Final and Bronze Medal match on-demand the following day on UniversalSports.com as part of an online subscription package.
Coverage on both NBC and Universal Sports will feature a studio pre-game show and halftime and post-game shows with Fred Roggin and Bill Seward alongside former USA Rugby Captain Brian Hightower.