Rugby

Sunday 29 January 2012, 4.00 pm on Maori Television

All the best club rugby from around New Zealand.

WITH the Investec Super Rugby season just around the corner it’s time to sign up for New Zealand Rugby’s official virtual rugby game.

SKY Sport alongside its partner, the New Zealand Rugby Union, has again teamed up to produce a competition that will have rugby fans competing against each other to sort out just who is the best tipster in the country.

And Super Rugby won’t just be competitive on-the-field because fans can make their own competition leagues. Sign up and challenge friends, family and workmates to find out just who can pick the winners.

It’s also a great way to get bragging rights amongst teammates. Virtual players – in all sports teams – often fancy themselves as being the best tipsters around. Well here’s your chance to prove just how good you are.

And it couldn’t be easier. Just go to www.virtualrugby.co.nz and sign up to get started.

During the 2012 Investec Super Rugby season there will be prizes galore for weekly and monthly winners. And for the season winner of virtual rugby, there will be a rugby experience that will simply blow the winner away.

So kick off the 2012 Super Rugby season by going to www.virtualrugby.co.nz to sign up and go into the draw for some great pre-season prizes.

SKY Sport and the New Zealand Rugby Union – your OFFICIAL home for virtual rugby.

Thursday 1 September 2011, 8.00 pm on Maori Television

The stars come out to play with the most thrilling moments in international rugby from the first Rugby World Cup, 1987, to the grand final in France 20 years later. Tonight: NZ v France, 2007.

Friday 9 September 2011, 7.00 pm on Maori Television                                                   

Watch the opening ceremony live before we launch into the 1st match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Eden Park. Tonight: NEW ZEALAND v TONGA.
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Thursday 4 August 2011, 8.00pm on Maori Television

The stars come out to play with the most thrilling moments in international rugby from the first Rugby World Cup, 1987, to the grand final in France 20 years later. Tonight: England v France, 2007.

Thursday 11 August 2011, 8.00 pm on Maori Television

The stars come out to play with the most thrilling moments in international rugby from the first Rugby World Cup, 1987, to the grand final in France 20 years later. Tonight: South Africa v Argentina, 2007.

Thursday 25 August 2011, 8.00 pm on Maori Television

The stars come out to play with the most thrilling moments in international rugby from the first Rugby World Cup, 1987, to the grand final in France 20 years later. Tonight: Australia v England, 2003.

Rugby fever is about to hit airwaves for the largest sporting event ever to be held in New Zealand and new sports series Sin Bin will be following the social scene.

Complementing Maori Television’s free-to-air coverage of RWC 2011, the new magazine-style sports series, Sin Bin, provides up-to-date news coverage of the tournament as well as an insight into the cultures and customs of some of the countries arriving here for the cup.

Producer Ngatapa Black says Sin Bin is not your usual sports show and goes the extra mile to teach our visitors the ways of the Maori people “with a twist”.

Sin Bin premieres on Thursday 8 September at 8pm over eight half-hour episodes presented by actor and broadcaster Toi Iti who has a diverse background across different mediums including theatre, radio, television and film.

Iti is joined by Maori Television’s answer to the Laughing Samoans “The Forward Pack” Simon Adam, Mitch Tipene and Anaru Penenara. These boys are certainly not your typical sports presenters, in fact their biggest sporting achievement is not getting the wooden spoon for the Auckland rugby presidents’ grade. “The Forward Pack” are larger-than-life staunch sports supporters, quick off the mark and will easily pass on their infectious excitement of being amongst the world cup atmosphere.

Similar to the ‘adopt a nation’ scheme, in each episode Sin Bin adopts a country, but not the obvious ones, Ms Black says.

“We have a look at the interesting ‘underdog’ countries with teams participating who might normally get overlooked,” she says.

Countries such as Georgia, Japan, Namibia, Romania, Russia, and USA are featured and Sin Bin will find out about the food, customs and culture of these nations and with this knowledge, meet the teams and show off what they have learned about their countries.

Wherever you are, Sin Bin is right there with the supporters as they stand in the middle of the cities watching the games on big screens, and in the pubs.

More than a million viewers tuned in to watch the clash between the All Blacks and Wallabies last night as the lead up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup intensifies.

536,120 viewers tuned in for the game live on Sky Sport 1 while the delayed coverage on Prime from 9pm drew 474,010. 

In comparison, the first game of the 2010 season between the two rivals which was played in Melbourne on July 31 drew 512,050 on Sky and only 207,040 on Prime.  The Christchurch game the following week drew 534,880 viewers on Sky and 345,320 on Prime.

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

Thursday 14 July 2011, 8.00 pm on Maori Television

The stars come out to play with the most thrilling moments in international rugby from the first Rugby World Cup, 1987, to the grand final in France 20 years later. Tonight: Argentina v France 2007.