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Oceania Rugby has today confirmed that it will live stream the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship on the Oceania Rugby Facebook page and also rugby.com.au for the three rounds of the tournament.
Round One of the tournament kicks off next Friday 26 April at Bond University Rugby Club, Gold Coast, Australia. At 5.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Match 1 will feature New Zealand and Fiji and Match 2 at 7.00pm (AEST) is between Australia and Japan.
The livestream has been made possible through a partnership with DoubleTake Sports, one of Australia’s industry leading sports live streaming providers.
Robert Matthews of DoubleTake Sports noted the significance of the Championship and the importance in live streaming its matches.
“The Oceania Rugby U20s Championship features many of the world’s best up-and-coming Rugby players. We are thrilled to partner with Oceania Rugby again in 2019 to provide a 5-camera live stream broadcast of all matches in this year’s Championship,” Matthews said.
“This will allow both the supporters of these teams, athletes and avid Rugby fans the opportunity to watch every minute of play at a television-broadcast standard, on any device, and wherever they are in the world,” Matthews added.
Last year’s livestream totaled a record 150,653 views across all three rounds with the highest number of viewers from Fiji’s Central Division and Auckland, New Zealand.
With almost a week out to Round One, Wayne Schuster, Oceania Rugby’s Competition Manager says that planning and arrangements led by Rugby Australia are all falling into place as expected.
“With teams all arriving in earlier than expected ahead of the first round, you get the sense teams will be wanting to fire from the starting block in the first round,” Schuster said.
“In fact Fiji arrived yesterday ahead of a warm up fixture they have secured this weekend against Surfers RFC on the Gold Coast, Australia will be on site from the 20th April, while New Zealand and Japan arrive next Monday 22 April,” he added.
Since the inception of the Championship in 2015, Oceania Rugby and host Rugby Australia have built lasting partnerships with Bond University and the Bond University Rugby Club, with the Championship continuing to provide key game times for all participating teams.
Rugby Services Manager for Oceania, Bruce Cook acknowledged Rugby Australia’s immense contribution to the Championship.
He said Rugby Australia’s continuous support to host the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship together with Bond University underpins their combined commitment to develop and promote Rugby at this level in the region and for that we are truly appreciative.
“We look forward to this key regional tournament on the Gold Coast for more years to come,” Cook added.
Cook said the Under 20s is a key age-grade pathway and provides a bridge between schoolboys rugby to representative senior international rugby.
“There a number of Wallabies, All Blacks and Flying Fijians that have graduated from the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship over the years, including a raft of established Super Rugby players,” he added.
New Zealand won the 2018 Oceania Rugby U20 Championship and will be defending the championship title for the 5th time in a row this year
SOURCE: OCEANIA RUGBY/PACNEWS
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