Rugby World Cup Final to Be Presented Live on U.S. Network Television for First Time
Universal Sports Network Presents South Africa-Argentina in Bronze Final Live on Friday, Oct. 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET
NBC Sports Live Extra to Provide Streaming Coverage
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 29, 2015 – NBC Sports presents live coverage of the Rugby World Cup Final for the first time on U.S. network television, when New Zealand faces Australia at historic Twickenham Stadium in London, England this Saturday at noon ET on NBC.
New Zealand advanced to Saturday’s Final following a 20-18 win over South Africa in the semifinals, while Australia defeated Argentina by a score of 29-15. This marks the first time that New Zealand and Australia will meet in the Final, despite that fact that seven of the past eight Finals have featured one of the two teams.
In addition to NBC’s coverage of the Final, Universal Sports Network will air live coverage of the bronze final featuring South Africa and Argentina on Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET, as well as an encore presentation of the Final on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream the Rugby World Cup 2015 Final. UniversalSports.com will stream coverage of the South Africa-Argentina bronze final.
Veteran announcer Bill Seward serves 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 is the reigning champion following its 8-7 victory against France in the Rugby World Cup 2011 Final. New Zealand (1987 & 2011) and Australia (1991 & 1999) have each won the Rugby World Cup twice, and neither team has lost a single match in this year’s Rugby World 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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