See all the quarter-final action, wherever you are Shares Image credit: Rugby World Cup Has it really been four years? It seems only last month Japan were causing the upset of the last Rugby World Cup by beating South Africa in the pool stage, and now they face the same team in the quarter-finals on home turf. Whatever the result of that tie, it represents progress for the hosts who have made it to the knockout stage for the first time after eight failed attempts. Also hoping to set a new personal record will be Ireland, who are set to play their seventh last-eight fixture but have never made the semis. To do so, though, they'll have to defeat an as-yet unbeaten New Zealand side defending the title they won at Twickenham in
For those new to the game, the sport shares the same appeal as American football.
It offers tactical field progression achieved through astonishing athleticism and astounding violence — except in a free-flowing minute package. When NBC acquired the Premier League broadcast rights it had a simple strategy — if you paid for cable or satellite, then you could easily watch each and every match.
But over the past few years, NBC has put more and more Premier League content on its over-the-top gold tier. And now NBC is following a similar strategy with its rugby properties.
Not more rugby, not any soccer, nothing. The Eagles, ranked 13 in the world, have choice matchups with England, France, Argentina and Tonga awaiting them. NBC will broadcast the final over the air later that day on a delay.
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- Over the next six weeks, 20 teams will battle it out for the right to be crowned world champions. New Zealand has won the last two World Cups but its aura of invincibility appears to be fading away, while South Africa is enjoying a timely resurgence and Australia has a knack for performing when it matters most.
- Success: Due to the high tournament viewing figures, the cost of broadcasting rights has soared Getty Images Rugby World Cup TV Coverage Fast becoming one of the most anticipated and watched sporting events in the world, the rights to televise the Rugby World Cup every four years have become sought after by most broadcasting companies.
- The Guinness PRO14, one of the most exciting professional club rugby union competitions in the world featuring top professional teams from Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales, will be available to fans across the U. Each team plays two further derby fixtures against teams from the same nation, but in the opposite conference.
- All four finalists are from England — the first time that both major European finals will be contested by clubs from the same country. Champions League final on YouTube While this is a prestigious feat for the Premier League, it also means the prospect of bumper viewing figures for BT Sport, which has used the finals to showcase new broadcast technologies.
- The Rugby World Cup has entered the semi-finals with England still in the hunt to secure the trophy for the first time since Advertisement Fans around the world will be desperate to soak up every minute of the action from the comfort of their living rooms, but how can you tune in?
Unlike NBC, ESPN offers all of its streaming sports properties like Italian soccer, Dutch soccer, MLS, European qualifiers, almost every college sport imaginable, tennis, cricket, lacrosse, and even rugby in an all-under-one-roof buffet.