The final four teams of the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup face off in the semi-finals exclusively on Universal Sports Network. On Sat., October 15 at 3:45 a.m. (ET), Universal Sports will showcase Wales vs. France, with a re-air of the match at 5 p.m. (ET). On Sun., October 16 at 3:45 a.m. (ET), Australia vs. New Zealand will compete, with a re-air of the match at 5 p.m. (ET). The two winning teams will advance to the Rugby World Cup Finals, aired on NBC, while Universal Sports will feature the Bronze Finals.
Fans can watch these matches on-demand the following day on UniversalSports.com as part of an online subscription package.
Universal Sports’ match coverage will feature a studio pre-game show and halftime and post-game shows with Fred Roggin and Bill Seward alongside former USA Rugby Captain and Universal Sports analyst Brian Hightower.
Fans can also interact throughout the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup on Universal Sports Network’s Social Scrum. Available at www.universalsports.com/socialscrum, fans can engage with the event as well as each other as they cheer on their favorite team and catch up on scores, standings and updates. Social Scrum will display Twitter feeds from fans around the world who are talking about the Rugby World Cup and provide live updates from the event.
The 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup is the latest Universal Sports Network event to be featured in the network’s national marketing campaign alerting viewers about its transition from over-the-air distribution to a multi-platform, high definition cable, satellite and IPTV service beginning in 2012. Viewers can make their voices heard by calling 1-800-55-GET-US to speak with their TV providers, demand access to Universal Sports Network and upgrade their experience through Universal Sports in HD, or by following this link: I Want Universal Sports.
Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP, is the premier multi-platform media destination for Olympic-related sports programming in the United States. Universal Sports is available over the air in 52 markets nationwide, including all of the nation’s top 10 media markets and 20 of the top 25, and on DIRECTV. Major world championship sports events aired on Universal Sports include track and field, skiing, swimming, gymnastics, marathons, figure skating, cycling and rugby. The network’s website, UniversalSports.com, delivers an immersive user experience via live and on-demand competition coverage, interaction with top athletes through interviews and blogs and in-depth access to Olympic sports news and information year-round.