Monday 17 September, 10.05pm

Game Of Two Halves World Cup Specials and That Guy’s Rugby World Cup
Monday 17 September, 10.05pm

For must-see action of the Rugby World Cup off the field, catch TV ONE’s ‘Game Of Two Halves World Cup Specials’ and the first programme commissioned for the TVNZ Ondemand service, ‘That Guy’s Rugby World Cup’.

Join the ‘Game Of Two Halves’ team for a special Rugby World Cup series, with an irreverent and informed take on the all the games and goings-on (tonight at 10.05pm on TV ONE). The usual suspects, and some special guests, turn their attention to the World Cup and with their trademark fearsome competitiveness – anything could happen and probably will.

‘That Guy’s Rugby World Cup’ is a seven-episode, 15-minute sports comedy show produced and directed by Leigh Hart (aka That Guy), which will follow the Rugby World Cup and be available at tvnzondemand.co.nz. ‘That Guy’s Rugby World Cup’ will canvas the games, the teams, the history of the sport and the latest results from the action in France.

Leigh Hart will be joined by Matt Johnson, Jason Hoyte and a panel that changes each week, and will include rugby greats, legendary sports commentators and entertaining enthusiasts. The production team say its distance from France and lack of rights to footage from the games will make ‘That Guy’s Rugby World Cup’ the must-see Rugby World Cup show. “The last thing you want to be is too close to the action” explains Hart. “That’s why we have chosen to host the show from a hotel room in Auckland rather than get caught up in all the hype and excitement over in France.”

“It would be difficult to cover this event with any real credibility if we were actually over there,” adds Johnson. “You wouldn’t see the wood for the trees, so to speak.”

Hoyte agrees: “Too many rugby shows nowadays are dominated by footage of the games. We prefer to analyse teams and form without rugby footage. It’s less distracting.”

‘That Guy’s Rugby World Cup’ will be available in full at tvnzondemand.co.nz each Wednesday morning. Edited highlights will screen on TV ONE’s ‘Breakfast’ programme that day and the series will be repeated on TVNZ 6 once the new digital channel launches on Sunday, September 30.

TVNZ News and Current Affairs will bring viewers expert coverage of the 2007 Rugby World Cup throughout the day. Special Rugby World Cup segments will screen on ‘Breakfast’, ‘ONE News Midday’, ‘ONE News 6pm’, ‘Close Up’ and ‘ONE News Tonight’, and online at tvnz.co.nz, keyword: Rugby World Cup. Andrew Saville and Tony Veitch will front ONE News’ coverage of the Cup, and will be joined by some of the world’s greatest rugby experts for pre and post-match analysis.

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