SuperSport will offer their subscribers the best-ever Rugby World Cup this next two months.
They have secured many of the biggest names in rugby who will feature among the SuperSport analyst for this World Cup in Japan.
Unveiling the broadcast plans for rugby show piece, SuperSport confirmed a 24-hour channel for the duration of the event, plus six magazine shows to deliver unrivalled coverage.
With the already establish line-up, among them John Smit and the Ndungane brothers as well as international guests which will include Jeremy Guscott, SA-born French international Scott Spedding, World Cup winner Nehe Milner-Skudder of New Zealand, countryman Joe Rokocoko, Jacques Burger of Namibia and John Plumtree, the former Sharks coach from New Zealand.
SA guest will he headed up by Schalk Burger, Nick Mallett and Deon Davids.
“We scoured the world for the best talent and I’m delighted we were successful,” said Gideon Khobane, chief executive of SuperSport. “Such is their esteem, we could just as well assemble a World XV.”
SuperSport 1HD will offer 24-hour World Cup content from September 20th
From September the 9th to the 19th SuperSport 1 HD will present an array of historical content(highlights, documentaries, profiles), setting the scene for the 48-match event in Japan.
SuperSport will also during this period have SuperSport 1HD available for all DSTV viewers all the way down to Access.
All the 48 RWC matches will be broadcast live on Premium (SS1 HD) with magazine shows premiering on SS1 HD, All Springbok matches will have one-and-a-half-hour buildups with the rest of the matches an hour.
The opening ceremony will also be broadcast on September 20th at 11:30.
Day 2 will open at 05:30 with Australia against Fiji, followed by France v Argentina and the day will conclude with the much-awaited SA-New Zealand clash which kick off at 11:45.
For all Springbok matches, fans will have the option of English world feed, English SA feed, isiXhosa and Afrikaans, while all others will have three options, English world feed, isiXhosa and Afrikaans.
KykNet will also feature one-hour Afrikaans buildups for all the Springbok matches.
Apart from all the live broadcasts, SuperSport also has a dedicated production team in Japan with Matt Pearce and Hanyani Shimange providing on-the-spot reports for SuperSport Blitz.
There are also some pre-tournament content to whet fans appetites:
THE SPRINGBOKS’ ROAD TO JAPAN, This show charts the Boks’ progress under Rassie Erasmus ahead of RWC 2019
JAKE’S WHITE BOARD, Assessing the World Cup contenders with past champions Jake White and Joel Stransky.
INSIGHTS, In-depth RWC series with interviews with all Cup-winning captains, plus interviews with luminaries like Schalk Burger, Joel Stransky, Eddie Jones and Jake White.
IN CONVERSATION, Ali Bacher’s in-depth interviews with Martin Johnson and John Smit.
BON VOYAGE NAMIBIA, A look at Namibia’s preparations.
HISTORY OF THE WORLD CUP, Charting the RWC’s history from the start in 1987 to 2011.
1995 – ONE TEAM, ONE COUNTRY, The story of the famous Springbok triumph of 1995.
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED, Interviews with prominent Springboks: Siya Kolisi, Eben Etzebeth, Lukhanyo Am, Sbu Nkosi and Makazole Mapimpi.
PLUS . . .
RWC tournament highlights and RWC final highlights.
During the World Cup itself, several other programmes will feature:
MASTERPLAN, The World Cup is made up of 20 teams and each will bring a unique tactical approach to winning the Webb Ellis Cup. This Sunday show will break down these approaches and get into the minds of rugby tacticians.
SUPER RUGBY, Super Rugby, the interactive Afrikaans magazine show broadcast on Mondays, is hosted by Kobus Wiese and special guests who will review the Rugby World Cup and associated stories.
PHAKA, Tuesday’s popular Phaka rugby show will give the lowdown in isiXhosa.
MIDWEEK MAUL, As the name indicates, the show will be broadcast on Wednesday evenings. Midweek Maul will be a light-hearted look at the Cup, with Neil Andrews and celebrity guests offering a lighter perspective on goings-on in Japan.
FIRST XV, The long-standing First XV show will draw on the expert views of former players and set up the coming week’s action.
IN TOUCH, A social media fan reaction show, the focus is on supporters and the fan experience at the World Cup. This will be streamed live on Facebook with a TV playout later on Thursdays.
BANZAI JAPAN, This Friday show is designed to showcase the sights, sounds and culture of Japan, the host nation, giving viewers an insight beyond traditional rugby grounds.
Fans unable to get in front of their televisions can follow the action live on DStv Now with regular updates also provided on @SuperSportTV’s Twitter feed.
Showmax will broadcast daily highlights from 6pm, plus magazine shows.
FULL BROADCAST SCHEDULE