The Australian Rugby Union and FOX SPORTS today announced that all 39 games of the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship will be broadcast LIVE across FOX SPORTS’ suite of platforms.
All matches played on a Thursday evening throughout the second edition of the NRC will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS Channel 502 from 7.30pm EST. Each week, the three remaining clashes from the round will be streamed LIVE on foxsports.com.au (web and mobile) and on Apple TV via FOX SPORTS Now.
FOX SPORTS will have an on ground commentary team at every game played in the 2015 NRC, giving fans the best insight into the free-flowing, entertainment-laden competition.
FOX SPORTS will also offer fans a dedicated NRC section on foxsports.com.au providing live streams, on-demand replays and FOX SPORTS News previews.
People can purchase a FOX SPORTS digital subscription to watch the streamed matches, or if they are a FOX SPORTS TV subscriber via Foxtel or digital subscriber through News Corp Masthead + the stream is available free through their existing login details.
FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “The inaugural NRC was a great addition to our comprehensive Rugby coverage providing entertaining viewing with the new rules delivering a faster paced game with more exciting tries.
“This year we will take our coverage to new heights showing all 39 games including a weekly match live on FOX SPORTS and the remaining 27 streamed, all with multi-camera coverage and full commentary,” Mr Delany said.
Rob Clarke, General Manager - Professional Rugby at the Australian Rugby Union, said: "The NRC is a fantastic chance for Australian Rugby fans to watch both current superstars and future stars of the game on their own doorstep. The TVC reflects both the hard work these players put in off the pitch while also the fun that can had at an NRC game.
"We're all excited at the prospect of the 2015 NRC being unleashed to a bigger audience than last year. Fans now have the opportunity to watch all 39 games through FOX SPORTS various platforms."
The nine-team National Rugby Championship was launched in 2014 with the aim of giving players, coaches and match officials another link in their development pathway. The success of last year’s competition saw 13 players contracted to Super Rugby clubs straight out of the NRC, while new law variations provided fans with exciting Rugby. An average of nine tries a game were scored throughout the competition, underlining its entertainment value to supporters.
This year, the NRC will visit 22 grounds across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory as the competition engages fans from right across the country.
Full match replays of each game played during the 2015 NRC will be available to watch on buildcorpnrc.com.au and club websites within 24 hours post-match.
The 2015 NRC kicks off on Thursday, 20 August when Perth Spirit travel east to take on current champions Brisbane City at Ballymore Stadium.
To view the full 2015 NRC draw click here
FOX SPORTS streaming of NRC 2015 matches:
• FOX SPORTS will LIVE stream the 27 matches throughout the NRC that are not broadcast on FOX SPORTS.
• The streams will be available on the official FOX SPORTS website www.foxsports.com.au and Apple TV via FOX SPORTS Now.
• The streams come free for all FOX SPORTS TV subscribers via FOXTEL or digital subscribers through News Corp Masthead + (Masthead+ are on: The Advertiser+, Daily Telegraph+, Herald Sun, Courier Mail+ & Herald Sun+).
• If fans don't hold either of these subscription passes they can purchase a FOX SPORTS digital subscription via foxsports.com.au which provides access to every non broadcast NRC match.
• Full replays will be available within 24 hours after the match.