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Tony Ward: November Tests are as important as Six Nations in terms of next year’s World Cup

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Tony Ward: November Tests are as important as Six Nations in terms of next year’s World Cup

Last season was the greatest in the history of Irish rugby. Not only did we succeed in doing what we thought was the impossible – a Grand Slam in an even year – but over the course of the eight months from November through to June we won 10 of the 11 Tests, coming up short in just the second of the three matches in Australia.

It was a remarkable season with Paris, and that drop goal, and Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day, delivering incredible highs given the context of each.

We finished that campaign as we started – not knowing how to lose.

I’m not sure there’s ever been a colder March 17, it was Arctic that day in London, but it didn’t matter a whit.

We are where we are because of the remarkable talent we have at our disposal but also because of the efficient running of professional rugby by the governing body in this country.

The IRFU are still on another planet when it comes to duty of care.

Given the raw material, allied to the processes put in place, where we now are in terms of status was only to be expected.

When Joe Schmidt took up the Ireland reins in 2013 we were at our lowest world ranking in history. We were ninth and lucky to be there.

Now, five years on, with three Six Nations titles, a Grand Slam, a win against New Zealand, a victory in South Africa, plus that landmark series success in Australia, for only the second time, and we are ranked second behind New Zealand with just over two percentage points in it.

Pinch yourself. That’s little old Ireland, where rugby is at best fourth in the national psyche, closing in on New Zealand where the game is an obsession.

We will not lose the run of ourselves because there is a very dangerous schedule coming up. And I’m not referring to the Aviva and the drama set to unfold in less than three weeks’ time when Steve Hansen, Kieran Read and the All Black machine rolls into town.

Other than the odd ‘made-up’ trophy there is nothing tangible over the next four weeks.

Yes, the ranking points do matter but the real incentive, albeit psychological, is in building on the self-belief engendered over the course of 2017/’18.

Schmidt is the best thing to happen Irish rugby and by a distance the best overseas coach ever to come our way.

He knows the relevance of what may seem relatively meaningless internationals against the Italians on Saturday in Chicago and the US Eagles in Dublin three Saturdays on.

This November series is not about the fireworks on November 17, it is about all four matches.

The target for next month must be four wins from four.

Do I believe we will achieve that? If I’m honest, no because even on our home patch, in what is guaranteed to be a very special occasion, the All Blacks are still operating in another gear.

Standard

Outside of the Test and Super Rugby arenas, the standard of play in the Mitre 10 Cup – the third tier in New Zealand – has to be seen to be appreciated.

Can we win? Of course we can given the coaching genius at the helm. And I use that term deliberately and conservatively.

I will be astonished if the Ireland head coach is not already earmarked for the New Zealand hot-seat post-Hansen and Japan 2019.

Back to Soldier Field and the kick-off to a hectic Test year embracing 14 international matches before we pitch up to face the Scots in Yokohama on September 22.

This November series matters every bit as much as the defence of our Grand Slam come the Six Nations in February.

However strange that might seem, the psychological build-up to Japan – where the knock-out draw, should we make it through, is horrendous – begins now if we are to add a few more substantial bricks to what was achieved on the trip Down Under back in June.

Indeed, of all the Test games scheduled over the next 11 months, the last few warm-ups in August/September against the Italians, Welsh and English will be the least important.

A couple of issues also cropped up over the weekend.

In the summer World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper suggested that the power of the Television Match Official (TMO) to interject would be pared back. Unfortunately that is not proving to be the case.

How often do we see referees getting caught up in conversation with the TMO while the game is live.

Apart from the referee being unable to concentrate fully on what he is seeing, it is shifting rugby ever closer to the stop-start nature of American football.

In the Munster/Glasgow game at Thomond the interjection regarding the grounding of the ball for a breathtaking Warriors try was frustrating but sadly typical of what is developing.

The same afternoon I watched Ross Byrne’s younger brother Harry deliver a masterclass for Lansdowne against Cork Con in the AIL. He’s now ready.

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Wales vs Ireland: Rugby League World Cup live scores, blog

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Wales vs Ireland: Rugby League World Cup live scores, blog

The Irish and the Welsh meet in what will be a passionate clash in the final round of preliminary matches in the Rugby League World Cup. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from the match at Perth Rectangular Stadium on Sunday evening, starting from 6:30pm (AEDT).

While the Welsh have not performed as well as they might have hoped, the Irish could have plenty for which to play. A strong win against the Welsh and an unlikely loss by the Kumuls against the USA could see them advance to the quarter-finals.

That scenario does seem highly unlikely, however, they will still feel they are a sneaky chance if Papua New Guinea strike trouble on Sunday.

For Wales, they will play with pride in an attempt to defeat one of their old foes, knowing full well that there is still much work to be done in the coming years, if they expect to return as even a moderate threat in future tournaments.

The Irish will still be lamenting the chances they had against the Kumuls, in a game that was there to be won for either team, if they had been able to hold onto the ball more consistently.

As a consequence, they will give this match everything, with a faint hope of advancing and much pride on the line.

Prediction
Expect a bit of early passion in this one, however, the more powerful Irish forwards and the experience they have across the squad will prove far too strong for the Welsh.

Wales 12, Ireland 42

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Wallabies v Wales v Australia

Wallabies v Wales v Australia

Australia vs Wales  | Wales confront Australia at the Principality Stadium on Saturday as they dispatch a harvest time arrangement that additionally incorporates meetings with Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Here are five ideas before the nations’ 41st meeting.

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Would wales be able to end their long losing keep running against Australia?

Warren Gatland achieved the tenth commemoration of his arrangement as Wales head mentor on Thursday. The last time Wales beat Australia, he had been in control for scarcely a year. It is a long and baffling losing keep running from a Welsh viewpoint, beaten 12 times in progression by the Wallabies, with seven of those thrashings in Cardiff and a large portion of the aggregate misfortunes being by five focuses or less. With Australia prowling in Wales’ 2019 World Cup pool, this end of the week would be an ideal time for Gatland’s players to begin reviewing the adjust.Australia vs Wales

Why are Wales such moderate starters in the harvest time Tests?

Australia vs Wales

In the event that Wales’ record against Australia was sufficiently terrible, at that point their outcomes in harvest time arrangement openers are critical. Not since 2002, when 129 times-topped prop Gethin Jenkins influenced his Test to make a big appearance amid a 40-3 triumph over Romania in Wrexham, have Wales commenced a fall crusade with triumph. They are famously moderate starters, which stands out from their exhibitions at the last two World Cups when they were semi-finalists (2011) and quarter-finalists (2015) in the wake of fraternizing in advance and getting straight down to business. A first end of the week win is long late.Australia vs Wales

Will Wales’ new tactical approach of fielding two midfield playmakers work?

Gatland has gone down the route he followed during this year’s British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand by fielding two midfield playmakers in fly-half Dan Biggar and inside centre Owen Williams to face Australia.

Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell did the job superbly against the All Blacks, while England boss Eddie Jones has used it with considerable success, pairing Farrell and George Ford together. Creativity and attacking width will be key for Biggar and Williams as Wales look to capitalise fully on any quick ball they get.

Have Wales got one injury too many on this occasion?

Wales are two years out from the next World Cup, and it will be fascinating to see how the likes of Williams, wing Steff Evans and flanker Josh Navidi fare on Saturday. Additionally, there are three uncapped players – Leon Brown, Sam Cross and Owen Watkin –

on the Wales replacements’ bench, but it is impossible to ignore absent stars. Injuries have sidelined four Lions – Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric, Rhys Webb and George North – while prop Samson Lee is sidelined because of an Achilles problem, so resources are being tested, particularly among the substitutes, where Wales have just 37 caps’ worth of experience, compared with Australia’s 293. Developing strength in depth is key, but they might just lack a sprinkling of stardust on this occasion.Australia vs Wales

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Liam Williams, 13 Jonathan Davies 12 Owen Williams, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 1 Rob Evans, 2 Ken Owens, 3 Tomas Francis, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 Josh Navidi, 8 Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Cory Hill, 20 Sam Cross, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Owen Watkin, 23 Hallam Amos.

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Marika Koroibete, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 1 Scott Sio, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 3 Sekope Kepu, 4 Rob Simmons, 5 A Coleman, 6 Ned Hanigan, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 8 Sean McMahon.

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All Blacks vs France Live (#NZL#NZ)

All Blacks vs France Live (#NZL#NZ)

All Blacks vs France Live | French rugby is in a legitimate funk, both on and off the field. Fellow Noves is a man under weight with a rundown of wounds as long as this present essayist’s arm, while FFR president Bernard Laporte isn’t making any companions in the wake of impacting World Rugby’s suggestions for the 2023 World Cup.

This makes New Zealand’s visit to Paris more inconvenient. Will the All Blacks lope to triumph in the French capital or will Les Bleus haul the famous rabbit out of the cap with a striking triumph?

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Noves’ hand has been compelled to some degree with the mentor naming four uncapped players in his beginning line up including youthful Toulon fly-half Anthony Belleau. He’ll accomplice Antoine Dupont in the parts, with the Toulouse No. 9 set to procure his fourth top.

There’s an arrival at place for Mathieu Bastareaud who hasn’t played for Les Bleus since their battering because of New Zealand in the quarterfinals of the 2015 World Cup. AllBlacks vs France

The All Blacks have rolled out 10 improvements to the beginning side they took off against the Barbarians at Twickenham a week ago as Steve Hansen returns to his most grounded accessible squad.

Vaea Fifita gets another shot at bushwhack flanker with Liam Squire sick and Jerome Kaino returning home with knee damage. Luke Romano will accomplice Sam Whitelock in the second column while Rieko Ioane returns after a disjoined finger and an episode of the mumps to have his spot on the left wing. All Blacks vs France Live

France: Ducuing, Thomas, Doumayrou, Bastareaud, Huget, Belleau, Dupont; Poirot, Guirado (captain), Slimani, Vahaamahina, Gabrillagues, Cancoriet, Gourdon, Picamoles.

Replacements: Maynadier, Chaume, Kotze, Jedrasiak, Jelonch, Serin, Trinh-Duc, Penaud.

New Zealand: McKenzie, Naholo, Crotty, Williams, Ioane, B Barrett, Smith; Hames, Coles, Laulala, Romano, Whitelock, Fifita, Cane, Read (captain).

Replacements: Taylor, Crockett, Tu’ungafasi, S Barrett, Todd, Perenara, Sopoaga, Lienert-Brown.

Key head-to-head

The battle of the fly-halves should be intriguing and will have a big say on which side prevails.

Last year’s World Rugby player of the year Beauden Barrett coming up against rookie France fly-half Anthony Belleau sounds like a mismatch on paper, but if you know anything about French rugby it is to expect the unexpected.

Having a relatively unknown quantity running the cutter could be a masterstroke by Guy Noves — New Zealand will have limited to no footage of him in action — or it could go belly up against the best side in the world.

Barrett is under a little bit of pressure back home as well. He hasn’t hit the dizzy heights of last year and questions are starting to be asked of his game management. He needs a big performance to keep the critics quiet.
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Key stats

* New Zealand have lost two Test matches this year (British & Irish Lions & Australia). They haven’t lost three in a calendar year since 2009.

* France have a 10-match losing streak to the All Blacks. Their last win over New Zealand — ironically — came in 2009.

* France coach Guy Noves has never tasted victory over any of the Southern Hemisphere’s ‘Big Three’ — New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Weather

A shower or two is expected in Paris Saturday evening which could see the All Blacks stray from an expansive game plan. One expects France will be hoping for more than a shower, otherwise it might be raining tries from the men in black — or white, for this game.

Prediction

French rugby seems to be in a bit of a shambles at the moment both on and off the field. When was the last time you saw a country roll out four uncapped players against the All Blacks? This is by enlarge the New Zealand side that lost to Australia a fortnight ago — and the word is that result is still an open wound. Expect the All Blacks to step up and win well. All Blacks vs France Live

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Rugby League World Cup: Tongan star Jason Taumalolo relaxed and confident ahead of crunch clash with the Kiwis – coach

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Rugby League World Cup: Tongan star Jason Taumalolo relaxed and confident ahead of crunch clash with the Kiwis – coach

Tonga coach Kristian Woolf has labelled the prospect of Kiwi defector Jason Taumalolo fronting against the country of his birth in Saturday’s Rugby League World Cup clash a “non-issue”, and says it won’t be discussed in-house.

In a bitter blow to New Zealand on the eve of their Cup campaign, Taumalolo and three other players snubbed the Kiwis to represent their Tongan motherland.

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They’ve since bounced back with dominant wins over Samoa and Scotland, but are set to face Taumalolo’s Tonga head-on this weekend in Hamilton.

Woolf said the 24-year-old Dally M medallist was his usual ebullient self in training this week, and wouldn’t be distracted by the noise surrounding him.

Neither he nor his fellow defectors – David Fusitu’a, Manu Ma’u and Sio Siua Taukeiaho – were having any trouble keeping calm ahead of the Test.

“They made decisions five or six weeks ago, they’re happy with their decisions and you only have to look at their body language to tell how they feel, so for us it’s a non-issue, it really is – I’m not sure how the Kiwis feel about it,” Woolf said.

“They’re relaxed, confident in their own ability.

“Jason is Jason, always the same – out there having a laugh, having fun.”

Plenty is riding on Saturday’s result for Mate Ma’a, who have started their campaign with a 50-4 thumping of Scotland and 32-18 win over Samoa.

They also won a trial match against Italy, 16-6.

A victory against New Zealand would mark the first ever victory of a tier-two nation over a tier-one nation, and help Tonga evade Australia until the Cup final.

It’d also be a huge moment for the side’s players, who – like the aforementioned Kiwi defectors – are majority born and raised in New Zealand.

Woolf said Saturday’s Test would be Tonga’s hardest yet.

“To try and find a weakness (in the Kiwis team) is really hard, they’ve been outstanding in those two games and really dominated them,” Woolf said.

“The game last week certainly gives you some confidence, knowing we can not only compete but do a really good job against a quality opposition.

“They’re going to ask plenty of questions – they’ve been absolutely devastating, they look like they had spiders on them against Scotland.”

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Rugby League World Cup: Scotland’s Sam Brooks apologises for ’embarrassing’ exit

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Rugby League World Cup: Scotland’s Sam Brooks apologises for ’embarrassing’ exit

Scotland’s Sam Brooks has apologised for his “totally embarrassing” exit from the Rugby League World Cup.

The forward, captain Danny Brough and Johnny Walker were thrown out of the Scotland squad on Sunday after being deemed too drunk to board a flight. Rugby Live

Brooks has returned to the UK for pre-season training with club side Featherstone, while Scotland prepare for a must-win match against Samoa.

“My actions on Sunday were nothing short of unacceptable,” he said.

“I would like to apologise to everyone involved with Scotland Rugby League, the players, the staff and the fans who travelled a long way to support us.

“I would also like to apologise to everyone involved with Featherstone Rovers, who I have been representing while away with the Scottish national side.”

Huddersfield Giants half-back Brough and the two props – Brooks and Darlington Point Roosters’ Walker – are believed to have continued drinking after the rest of the squad had finished following their 74-6 defeat by New Zealand in Christchurch, and the airline refused to allow them to board the flight.

The Scotland management supported the airline’s decision and informed the England-born trio they would play no further part in the tournament.

“Most importantly, I would like to apologise to my family – who give me the right to represent Scotland in terms of eligibility,” added Brooks on Thursday.

“I am gutted to have embarrassed my family and friends by being forced to leave the tournament in such a disappointing manner.

“Going forward, I will be working as hard as possible – on and off the field – to redeem myself and put this behind me. I will do everything I can to make people proud of me once again.”

Despite conceding 124 points in their opening group games against Tonga and New Zealand, Scotland can progress to the quarter-finals – for the second consecutive World Cup – with a win over Samoa on Saturday.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-league/41937301

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Rugby league – Three Scotland players kicked out of World Cup squad

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Rugby league – Three Scotland players kicked out of World Cup squad

(Reuters) – Three Scotland players, including captain Danny Brough, have been dropped from their Rugby League World Cup squad after being deemed too drunk to board a flight. Brough, Sam Brooks and Johnny Walker remained in New Zealand while the rest of the players flew to Cairns in Australia for next week’s final group game against Samoa. “These players have not adhered to the standards of behaviour,” Scotland Rugby League chairman Keith Hogg said on Sunday. “They will leave early a tournament it is a privilege to be involved in.” Brough, the Huddersfield Giants halfback, became Scotland’s most-capped player when he made his 24th appearance in their opening game of the tournament against Tonga. Scotland lost their first two matches in the tournament but could still reach the knockout stages.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond)

Source:http://www.euronews.com/2017/11/05/rugby-league-three-scotland-players-kicked-out-of-world-cup-squad

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All Blacks vs Barbarians live stream: How to watch online or on TV

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All Blacks vs Barbarians live stream: How to watch online or on TV

The All Blacks begin their European tour with a warm-up game against the Barbarians. This is The Roar’s ultimate guide to watching the match on TV and streaming it online.

The match is scheduled to be played on Sunday, November 5 with kick-off set for 2am (AEDT) at Twickenham in London.

Former Australian coach Robbie Deans will be in charge of the Barbarians as the All Blacks begin their Spring Tour with two matches to follow against France and one against both Scotland and Wales.

Wallabies Sam Carter, Taqele Naiyaravoro and Nic Stirzaker have also been included in the Barbarians’ squad.

How to watch the match on TV

The only way to watch this Test match in Australia will be through Foxtel’s European sports channel BeIN sports. They will be broadcasting on BeIN Sports 3, which can be found on Channel 515.

Their coverage will start five minutes before kick-off, at 1:55am (AEDT) on Sunday morning and conclude shortly after the end of the match – at approximately 3:55am (AEDT).

With it being broadcast on Foxtel, the only way to watch it will be with a valid TV subscription to Foxtel, complete with the sports package.

How to stream the match online

Because the match is being broadcast in Australia exclusively on BeIN Sports, you will need to use one of Foxtel’s streaming services to watch the match online.

The first of those is Foxtel Now. If you don’t already have a TV subscription to Foxtel, then this is the better option for your. Costs start from $29 per month for an inclusion of the sports package.

If you already have a TV subscription to Foxtel, then you would be better off using the Foxtel app which is included and therefore free to use and download.

How to watch the match on TV
Foxtel offers the best choice of live sport from Australia and around the world.

Sport on Foxtel’s iQ3 is the championship viewing experience including HD quality, the ability to record your favourite team and shows, as well as stream live sport anytime, anywhere on your favourite devices with the Foxtel app^ included in your subscription.

How to live stream the match online
Stream the best choice of live sport from Australia and around the world instantly with Foxtel Now. Foxtel Now is the more flexible and accessible way to stream live sport to your devices. Plus, you can start watching today with a two-week free trial^.

If you already have a Foxtel subscription that includes the Sport pack, you can stream live sport anytime, anywhere to your devices through the free Foxtel app~.

^Requires internet and compatible device. Data charges may apply. Australia only.

~Just connect your compatible device to the internet. Data charges may apply. Shows only available if they’re in your pack, some shows/channels not available. Sorry, Australia only.

Source: http://www.theroar.com.au/2017/11/04/blacks-vs-barbarians-live-stream-watch-online-tv/

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Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand thrash Samoa

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Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand thrash Samoa

New Zealand breezed past Toa Samoa 38-8 in their Rugby League World Cup opener in Auckland, but admitted to a few nerves as they laboured through a helter-skelter first half.

Despite an ill-disciplined showing in which they made 17 errors and completed barely 60 per cent of their sets, the Kiwis were too good on Saturday for their Polynesian rivals.

Riding out Samoa’s early crash-and-bash style and heading into halftime with a 10-4 advantage, the Kiwis piled on five tries to one in the second half.

Kiwis surge ahead through Liu

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Coach David Kidwell was pleased with his side’s grit and determination against burly opponents, but acknowledged some things were amiss.

“At times, on our line, I thought we really showed that good brotherhood where we’re trying to make everyone belong,” Kidwell told reporters.

“It’s our first World Cup game and a lot of players hadn’t played a lot of football, but there’s an excitement there that definitely gets me going.

“I give everyone a pass mark for the effort and grit as a team but, as we get on in the tournament, we need to be smarter in some of our passes and decisions.”

Despite Jordan Rapana’s early Kiwis try, Samoa took the match to their opponents early, dominating in the tackle and forcing plenty of mistakes.

Yet while Kidwell’s troops frequently shot themselves in the foot, their more-expansive style and obvious endeavour eventually paid dividends.

Shaun Johnson bagged his side’s second of the night in the 20th minute, capitalising on a Simon Mannering offload, before Kiwi-born Samoan winger Ken Maumalo pegged one back for his side with a well-worked move down the left.

But Samoa’s joy proved short-lived.

Samoa get garbage time try

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The Kiwis ran riot in the second half as a visibly fatigued Samoan outfit wilted, with tries to Kodi Nikorima, the electric Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Test debutants Brad Takairangi, Isaac Liu and Nelson Asofa-Solomona ending the match as a contest.

Joseph Paulo scored a last-second Samoan consolation.

Kidwell’s Kiwis next week clash with Scotland, against whom they surprisingly drew 18-18 in last year’s Four Nations campaign.

However he’ll be forced to make do without centre Gerard Beale, who collapsed mid-play in the second half with a suspected broken ankle.

They’ll look to bring a new player into the squad next week.

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2017

 Source: https://wwos.nine.com.au/2017/10/28/20/43/nz-thrash-samoa-in-rugby-league-world-cup
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New Zealand Rugby and Sky to live stream All Blacks games on northern tour

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New Zealand Rugby and Sky to live stream All Blacks games on northern tour

New Zealand Rugby and Sky Television says they are partnering to livestream some of the All Blacks’ matches on their northern hemisphere end of year tour.

Two of the All Blacks’ games and two of the New Zealand Maori team’s games will be livestreamed as pay-per-view events on AllBlacksTV.com and will be available to both international and New Zealand based fans, the two companies said on Friday.

The All Blacks games are the ones against the UK Barbarians and a France XV, while the NZ Maori ones are against Canada and the French Barbarians and will be be available to international and New Zealand-based fans.

The deal does not feature the All Blacks’ three tests on the northern tour – against France, Scotland and Wales – which will all screen on Sky.

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New Zealand-based fans can purchase the livestream for $24.99 for each All Blacks match and $14.99 for each NZ Maori match.

The matches can be watched live or on-demand after the event.

Sky and Fan Pass subscribers will still be able to watch all these games, plus the tests on the All Blacks northern tour, through their normal subscription.

“The livestream is a significant opportunity for us to use the latest streaming technology to grow the All Blacks global fanbase.” NZR chief executive Steve Tew said.

“There are over seven million allblacks.com and social media followers that live outside New Zealand so there is a real opening to engage these fans and grow our brand and following internationally by extending our broadcast options.”

“With the broadcast environment rapidly evolving it’s great to be partnering with Sky to try out new things.”

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Sky CEO John Fellet said it was great to work with NZR to grow the All Blacks fans and brand.

“Partners help each other to succeed. Sky has been the long-term broadcast partner of rugby in New Zealand and we are pleased to be providing our world class broadcast product on a livestreaming platform to get the All Blacks in front of their fans regardless of where they live.

UK Barbarians vs All Blacks
Match taking place Saturday 4 November 2017 at Twickenham, London, Kick off 3pm GMT

French XV vs All Blacks
Match taking place Tuesday 14 November 2017 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France, Kick off 6.55pm CET

Canada vs Maori All Blacks
Match taking place Friday 3 November 2017 at BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, Canada, Kick off 7pm PDT

French Barbarians vs Maori All Blacks
Match taking place Friday 10 November 2017 in Bordeaux, France Kick off 9pm CET

Source; https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all-blacks/98104185/new-zealand-rugby-and-sky-to-livestream-all-blacks-games-on-northern-tour

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