If you noticed more coach involvement in Thursday night’s Rebels vs Blues broadcast, you weren’t deceived.
The opening match of the Super Rugby season kicked off some new innovations by broadcasters, FOX SPORTS, involving players and coaches.
Each Super Rugby coach will wear a heart rate monitor during games this season, with fans able to see a reading at critical match moments.
Rebels fans would have noticed Tony McGahan on the microphone through the game on Thursday, a feature that is set to become a regular occurrence, as FOX try to bring fans closer to the action.
FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany said they hoped the Super Rugby public enjoyed the behind-the-scenes view.
“We are committed to bringing fans closer to the game they love than ever before, helping them to understand what’s going on both on and off the field with technology and innovations that bring rugby to life on screen,”- Patrick Delany
“Our philosophy will be crystal clear in this year’s Super Rugby coverage with a wave of new ideas and approaches on screen only made possible through ground breaking partnerships with the Australian clubs and the ARU.
“More in-game coverage innovations plus an expanded commentary line-up will see us work with clubs to open the doors into Rugby’s inner sanctum and give fans fresh insight into the game they love.”
ARU CEO Bill Pulver said the moves would help unveil some of rugby’s personalities.
“We have some great characters in our game, and this year’s Super Rugby coverage will allow fans to get to know our coaches and players on a whole new level,” he said.
“FOX SPORTS have always been leaders in broadcast innovation, and we’re delighted to be working with them to ensure the 2017 Super Rugby season will be the most entertaining ever for fans watching at home.
“I have to thank our Super Rugby teams who have really driven this innovative approach for 2017.”