One of the world’s biggest sports events, the Rugby World Cup, starts tomorrow on TSN and TSN2. Coverage begins early tomorrow morning with the Opening Ceremony at 3:30am ET on TSN2, followed by live coverage of the curtain raiser between the host New Zealand and Tonga at 4:30am ET. TSN will show 7 games from the Rugby World Cup, with 39 more on TSN2 and 2 on TSN.ca. RDS will show 47 games in French. TSN will also have a World Cup preview show on Tuesday September 13 at 7pm ET that will look at the favourites in the tournament, as well as Canada’s chances of progressing past the group stage.
Nigel Reed will present TSN’s Rugby World Cup coverage. The studio pundits will be former Canadian captain Gareth Rees and Brian Spanton. Rees is known for being one of the most prolific Canadian rugby players of all time, with 55 national team caps. He also played as a pro in England with the London Wasps and Harlequins.
It looks like TSN will use the international commentary feed for the Rugby World Cup, which will be provided by Sky Sport from New Zealand. Sky Sport employs some of the best rugby commentators in the world. Here are the Sky Sport commentators.
Commentators: Grant Nisbett, Scott Stevenson, Ken Laban, Willie Lose, Gordan Bray, Tony Johnson, Jon Preston, Richard Turner, Miles Harrison
Co-Commentators: Grant Fox, Ian Smith, Murray Mexted, Matthew Cooper, Stu Wilson, Justin Marshall, Kobus Wiese, Stuart Barnes
Some of these names may be familiar to rugby fans. Miles Harrison and Stuart Barnes work for Sky Sports in Great Britain, while Gordan Bray works for Channel 7 in Australia. Of course, among the co-commentators are many ex-All Blacks players, as well as ex-South Africa international Kobus Wiese.
Grant Nisbett, Grant Fox and Ian Smith will be Sky’s lead commentary team, calling every All Blacks game and likely the final.
You can see TSN’s complete Rugby World Cup schedule here (plus information on NBC’s 3 encore broadcasts).