Fox Sports

I think it’s because 503 and/or 505 will broadcast some Cricket World Cup matches in the next two weeks (there are occasions when two matches are held on the same day). 503 will also show overlapping AFL matches on Saturdays.

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Yeah, I imagine it will happen, they never put that much effort in the coverage anyways. Eurosport and their player with every court is so much better

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Magnificent Week of Motorsport

FOX SPORTS is all gridded up for an epic weekend of Motorsport with the Monaco Grand Prix, Supercars and the Indianapolis 500 all LIVE on Foxtel this weekend.

Viewers will be able to watch Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo and Will Power defend their Monaco GP and Indy 500 crowns with LIVE coverage back-to-back on Sunday night after a full day of Supercars coverage.

The lights will go out from 6.45pm tonight (Thursday 23 May) with fastest cars in the world on the glamourous streets of Monte Carlo getting the Jewel in the crown event of the Formula 1 season underway with Practice 1.

Ricciardo will face stiff opposition in his new surroundings at Renault with Lewis Hamilton, Valterri Bottas, Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel plus Monaco local Charles Leclerc, out to win on his home streets, when drivers look to honour F1 legend and Ferrari world champion driver, Niki Lauda.

On Friday the Supercars championship is set for a showdown deep in Ned Kelly country with the Winton SuperSprint Live and ad-break free during racing on FOX SPORTS across the weekend.

In the FOX SPORTS trackside studio, reigning Bathurst 1000 champion Craig Lowndes, will join Mark Skaife and host Jess Yates to give Foxtel customers insights and analysis across the weekend, plus Chris Stubbs with all the breaking news.

The team are joined by Supercars Experts Neil Crompton, Greg Murphy, technical analyst Mark Larkham and pit lane reporter Riana Crehan.

FOX SPORTS expert commentator, Mark Skaife, said: “Winton is a short, tight and twisty circuit that offers quite a technical challenge to teams and drivers and produces very close racing.”

“A key point to note is that it’s not very sensitive circuit to aerodynamics and given the record of the Holden Commodore teams that test there, I think that we will see a very close contest this weekend.

“History suggests that Winton can produce surprise winners and if any of the top teams encounter trouble expect the Nissans of Rick Kelly and Andre Heimgartner along with the Brad Jones Racing Commodores of Tim Slade and Nick Percat to be right there to pick up the pieces.”

Foxtel subscribers can also stream FOX SPORTS’ motorsports coverage where and when they want using Foxtel Go or Foxtel Now.

FOX SPORTS is exclusively available on Foxtel.

FOX SPORTS’ BROADCAST SCHEDULE
FIA Formula 1 World Championship
Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship: Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint
Indianapolis 500

Thurs 23 May
F1 Monaco Practice 1 at 6.45pm
F1 Monaco Practice 2 at 10.45pm
FOX SPORTS 506

Fri 24 May
Supercars Coverage from 1.15pm
Supercars Trackside LIVE at 3.40pm
FOX SPORTS 506

Sat 25 May
Supercars Coverage from 8.15am
Supercars Qualifying at 11.10am
Supercars Race 13 at 1.45pm
F1 Monaco Practice 3 at 7.45pm
F1 Monaco Qualifying at 11.00pm
FOX SPORTS 506

Sun 26 May
Supercars coverage from 8.15am
Supercars Qualifying 11.10am
Supercars Race 14 at 1.45pm
F1 Monaco Grand Prix at 9.30pm
FOX SPORTS 506

Mon 27 May
Indianapolis 500 from 2.00am
FOX SPORTS 506

*All times in AEST

Note: practice, qualifying and race sessions of Monaco Grand Prix will also be shown live in 4K, on channel 444.

Fox Clips Innovation puts Rugby in the hands of fans

WORLD FIRST CLIP SHARING TECHNOLOGY FOX CLIPS TO DEBUT THIS WEEKEND ON SUPER RUGBY

Introducing FOX Clips – a world-first innovation from FOX SPORTS and Rugby Australia that lets fans share any rugby moment from TV. This will be the first time that a viewer of a live sports broadcast has had the power to create and share clips of sporting highlights with their friends on social media.
Available for anyone to use in Rugby Australia’s Xplorer app, FOX Clips uses proprietary image recognition technology to identify what program you are watching and then lets you turn it into a clip and share it.

Link to promo video

“Fox Clips is yet another way that the Rugby Xplorer App brings fans closer to the game” said Adam Freier, Rugby Australia’s Head of Marketing and Digital. “Every fan has a unique perspective on the game and now they can share that with other fans using the Rugby Xplorer App and Fox Clips”
FOX Clips can only be used on any live FOX SPORTS channel broadcast of a rugby program, whether it is a live match, replay or magazine program. You could be watching FOX SPORTS on your TV at home, on your computer at work or even at the pub.
Using the Rugby Xplorer app, fans simply take a picture of their TV, edit their clip and share it. See a brilliant try or hilarious falcon? Share it on Twitter with friends in Australia. Catch your mate in the crowd at the game? Snap your TV and send it to him on Messenger.
“We’re always looking at new ways to enhance the fan experience,” said FOXSPORTS Head of Digital Brad Schultz. “FOX Clips is yet another innovation bringing our audience closer to the sports that they love by giving them full control of the experience from TV to mobile to social media.”
FOX Clips’ underlying technology, which has a patent pending, was developed by Snapscreen Application GmbH in Austria and has been licensed to FOX SPORTS by Snapscreen Australia.
“Snapscreen is delighted to continue our partnership with FOX SPORTS to support its relationship with Rugby Australia and bring this world first solution to rugby fans,” says Thomas Willomitzer, Founder and CEO of Snapscreen.
Download Rugby Xplorer on iOS or Android to get snapping then share your clips with all of your social tools including Facebook, Twitter, Messenger, WhatsApp, SMS and email.

iOS download link
Android download link

Fox Sports will use two channels to show the French Open tonight. Channel 506 features the quarter final between Ashleigh Barty and Madison Keys, while other matches will be on Channel 507.

They’ve been doing that for a while…

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Supercars Darwin Triple Crown and Catalunya MotoGP

The challenge that is yet to be conquered – the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown – is in Scott McLaughlin’s sight and 24 other drivers will be standing in his way as he bids to make history – Exclusively Live this weekend on FOX SPORTS, on Foxtel.

The Triple Crown, which comprises winning the two races and the Top 10 Shootout at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin, hasn’t been won since its introduction in 2009 at a circuit that has produced nine different winners from the past 11 Supercars races.

Foxtel will have every moment of the action, starting with Supercars Trackside tomorrow from 4.30pm. On-track the action will commence at 11.30am Friday with Supercars Practice before Race 15 (120kms) and Race 16 (200kms) of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship take place on Saturday and Sunday.

In the FOX SPORTS studio, reigning Bathurst 1000 champion Craig Lowndes, will join Mark Skaife and Jess Yates to give Foxtel audiences insights and analysis across the weekend, plus Chris Stubbs with all the breaking news.

The team is joined by Supercars experts Neil Crompton, Greg Murphy, technical analyst Mark Larkham and pit lane reporter Riana Crehan.

FOX SPORTS expert commentator and five-time Supercars champion, Mark Skaife, said: “This is a signature event of the Supercars season with its party carnival atmosphere, fantastic amphitheatre viewing areas for fans and the circuit itself having one of the longest straights on the calendar.

“The drama often unfolds at the end of this long straight that is followed by a tight turn one, producing an interesting first corner of the race when 25 Supercars pile in there at high speed. The Darwin weather, being so hot compared to everywhere else we visit on the calendar, presents a physical challenge for drivers with temperatures inside the cars regularly soaring above 50 degrees.

“The Shell V-Power Racing Ford Mustangs have been strong everywhere this season, but this is a circuit that I believe will suit the Holden Commodores very well. Due to the length of the front straight the Red Bull Holden Racing Team of Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen will be strong as will David Reynolds, who is traditionally very fast at this circuit.

“Nissan have also been very strong historically at this venue so there’s probably around a dozen serious contenders this weekend, I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.”

After the chequered flag drops in Darwin on Sunday, motorsport fans can also tune into the MotoGP World Championship with the support events for the Catalunya Grand Prix from 4.30pm.

FOX SPORTS’ MotoGP experts Chris Vermeulen and Kevin MaGee alongside host Chris Stubbs will deliver a comprehensive preview before in the MotoGP Paddock Show from 6.00pm, featuring an exclusive interview with Suzuki rider Alex Rins and all the rumblings from behind closed doors with the Paddock Spy.

Former MotoGP race winner Vermeulen, said: “This is a great Grand Prix at a fast and flowing style circuit lined by 100,000 screaming fans.

“The Ducatis are usually strong here which bodes well for Jack Miller, who has done a lot of extra practice days at the Catalunya circuit recently so he will be a good chance of a podium or even a win if things go his way.

“Miller’s main obstacle however will be Marc Marquez and he will be on a mission at his home Grand Prix with his fan base out in full force from his home town just down the road.

“Valentino Rossi will be fired up for a strong result after a disappointing last start crash at his home Grand Prix and the Catalunya circuit is one he has done well at in the past – he holds the record with 10 wins.”

Foxtel subscribers can also stream FOX SPORTS’ Supercars and MotoGP coverage where and when they want using Foxtel GO or Foxtel Now.

FOX SPORTS is exclusively available on Foxtel.

FOX SPORTS’ BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown

MotoGP World Championship
Grand Prix of Catalunya

Thursday, June 13
Supercars Trackside from Hidden Valley Raceway at 4.30pm
FOX SPORTS 506
Foxtel GO

Friday, June 14
Coverage from 11.30am
Supercars Practice 1 at 11.40am
Supercars Practice 2 at 2.15pm

Saturday, June 15
Supercars Practice 3 from 11.20am
Supercars Qualifying at 1.45pm
Supercars Race 15 at 4.45pm
MotoGP Catalunya Qualifying at 10.00pm

Sunday, June 16
Supercars Qualifying at 9.55am
Supercars Top 10 Shootout at 11.35am
Supercars Race 16 at 2.00pm
MotoGP Catalunya Race 9.30pm

*All times in AEST

It is believed that Fox Sports has asked Rugby Australia to pay some of the production costs for the broadcasts of the Australian Rugby Championship, and that Fox has approached other broadcasters in an attempt to on-sell the rights to the FFA Cup with SBS apparently interested. SBS, Seven and Ten are all thought to have had talks about buying some A-League games from Fox.

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Super Rugby finals and Junior Wallabies

The Brumbies and the Junior Wallabies will fly the flag for Australian rugby when they take on the best in the world this weekend Exclusively Live on FOX SPORTS, on Foxtel.

Starting tonight, the 2019 Vodafone Super Rugby Finals come to life with a New Zealand derby when the defending champion Crusaders host the Highlanders. In studio FOX RUGBY’s Drew Mitchell, Stephen Hoiles and Justin Harrison will be hosted by Nick McArdle from 5pm AEST.

On Saturday, the Brumbies will carry the nations hopes of Super Rugby glory and FOX SPORTS will build up to kick-off with a special pre-game panel featuring George Gregan, Tim Horan, Rod Kafer, Phil Kearns, Greg Clark and Nick McArdle all LIVE from GIO Stadium, Canberra from 5pm ahead of the Hurricanes vs Bulls, before the Brumbies vs Sharks from 7.20pm.

FOX RUGBY expert commentator and former Brumbies captain, Stephen Hoiles, said: “The Brumbies go in as favourites but the Sharks will be up for a fight and have proven they are more than capable of pulling off an upset this season.”

“The Brumbies will need to weather the storm early and be patient. They can apply pressure with their scrum which will lead to penalties and their potent driving maul, which has been their main point scoring weapon all season.

“Rory Arnold leads their forward pack by example and his influence at the set piece will be crucial to the outcome of this match. Despite the praise that the Brumbies forwards receive they’re quite a well-balanced team across the park with backs Christian Lealiifano, Tevita Kuridrani and Tom Banks all in great form.

“It’s going to be a physical game on a cold night down in Canberra, I’m expecting a close scoreline and the Brumbies to prevail and continue into week 2 of the finals.”

Then on Sunday morning the next generation of Wallabies will take the final step on their road to World Rugby U20 Championship when the Junior Wallabies take on France in the Final.

FOX RUGBY’s Andrew Swain will call the game LIVE from Rosario, Argentina with coverage on FOX SPORTS 506 and Foxtel GO.

Every 2019 Vodafone Super Rugby game is LIVE, ad-break free during play and in HD on FOX SPORTS.

FOX SPORTS is available on Foxtel.

FOX SPORTS’ BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Friday, June 21
5pm: Crusaders vs Highlanders
Commentators: Drew Mitchell, Stephen Hoiles, Justin Harrison and host Nick McArdle

FOX SPORTS 507
Saturday, June 22
8am: Jaguares vs Chiefs, LIVE on FOX SPORTS 505
5pm: Hurricanes vs Bulls, LIVE on FOX SPORTS 507
7.20pm: Brumbies vs Sharks, LIVE on FOX SPORTS 507
Commentators: George Gregan, Tim Horan, Rod Kafer, Phil Kearns, Nick McArdle and Greg Clark Live from GIO Stadium all night from 5pm.

Sunday, June 23
World Rugby Under 20 Championship Final
Australia vs France
4.20am: LIVE on FOX SPORTS 506, catch up on Foxtel GO
Commentary from Andrew Swain

Foxtel would be wise to give up the Australian Soccer rights even if they had to pay $10 Million Dollars a year for the rest of current broadcasting rights agreement.

Wimbledon 2019

Begins Monday 1 July at 8.00pm AEST on FOX SPORTS 505.

LIVE COVERAGE FROM OPENING ROUND TO QUARTER FINALS

SPECIAL LIVE PRE-SHOW WITH ADAM PEACOCK AND TENNIS GREATS BORIS BECKER AND KIM CLIJSTERS

FOX SPORTS, on Foxtel, will deliver tennis fans coverage of the year’s third and most prestigious Grand Slam when The Championships, Wimbledon 2019 swings into action on Monday, July 1.

FOX SPORTS will air over 200 hours of LIVE coverage in HD of the tournament from the opening day through to the Quarter-Finals. FOX SPORTS will broadcast delayed coverage of the tournament from the Quarter-Finals onwards.

The world’s most famous grass tournament will take place at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London, United Kingdom with the first serve from Monday, July 1 and will feature the world’s best tennis players vying for the title and trophy.

Aussie hero Ash Barty comes into the tournament on an electric high after a history breaking title win at Roland-Garros and soaring her way to a record breaking world No. 1 ranking overnight with her Birmingham win. Also crowd favourite, Barty has great form on grass and has previously won the women’s singles title at Junior Wimbledon in 2011.

FOX SPORTS’ LIVE coverage of the tournament begins Monday, July 1 at 8.00pm AEST on FOX SPORTS 505.

Prior to the day’s on-court coverage tennis fans will be treated to a special LIVE pre-show Daily Serve with a full panel of talent, hosted by FOX SPORTS expert commentator Adam Peacock , who will be joined by tennis greats Boris Becker and Kim Clijsters to preview all of the action.

FOX SPORTS will also showcase daily highlights of the competition meaning tennis fans won’t miss a moment of the action.

“Wimbledon is the best tournament in the world and there is never shortage of storylines, especially this year after Ash’s success in Paris. Each day we’ll delve into the big topics, and have a few laughs of course, on the Daily Serve with two undoubted legends of the sport in Boris and Kim,” FOX SPORTS expert commentator Adam Peacock said.

In the women’s tournament Barty will be up against reigning 2018 champion Angelique Kerber and world number one Naomi Osaka , as well as the likes of Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova .

In the men’s competition, world number one Novak Djokovic returns to defend his 2018 title and will face a strong field of competitors including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka and Alexander Zverev .

Carrying the Aussie hopes for the men’s draw are young guns Alex De Minaur and Alexei Popyrin .

FOX SPORTS BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Monday, July 1
1st Round 8.00pm LIVE

Tuesday, July 2
1st Round 8.00pm LIVE

Wednesday, July 3
2nd Round 8.00pm LIVE

Thursday, July 4
2nd Round 8.00pm LIVE

Friday, July 5
3rd Round 8.00pm LIVE

Saturday, July 6
3rd Round 8.00pm LIVE

Sunday, July 7
NO TOURNAMENT PLAY

Monday, July 8
Round of 16 10.00pm LIVE

Tuesday, July 9 10.00pm LIVE
Men’s & Women’s QF
*Only 2 QF’s

Wednesday, July 10 10.00pm LIVE
Men’s & Women’s QF
*Only 2 QF’s

END OF LIVE COVERAGE


Wednesday, July 10 6.00am Delayed
Men’s & Women’s QF

Thursday, July 11 6.00am Delayed
Men’s & Women’s QF

Friday, July 12 8.00am Delayed
Women’s SF

Saturday, July 13 10.00am Delayed
Men’s SF

Sunday, July 14 10.00am Delayed
Women’s Final

Monday, July 15 8.00am Delayed
Men’s Final

AEST times

SUPER RUGBY SEMI-FINALS

SATURDAY 29 JUNE

BRUMBIES VS JAGUARES: 8.30AM – CRUSADERS VS HURRICANES: 5.00PM

The Brumbies will carry the hopes of the nation with them as the shining lights of Australian rugby stampede into their elimination semi-final – exclusively LIVE and ad-break free on FOX SPORTS, on Foxtel – this Saturday, June 29, from 8.30am AEST.

After early season setbacks, the Brumbies have rallied to become the success story of Australian Super Rugby in 2019 and find themselves one win away from the Super Rugby Final if they can beat the Jaguares in Argentina on Saturday morning.

FOX SPORTS will have Australian rugby fans covered with a pre and post-game analysis from George Gregan , Drew Mitchell , Phil Kearns and host Nick McArdle from 8.30am before the voice of rugby in Australia, Greg Clark , calls the match alongside Tim Horan and Stephen Hoiles at 9.05am on FOX SPORTS MORE (507) and Foxtel GO.

FOX SPORTS’ BROADCAST SCHEDULE

2019 Vodafone Super Rugby semi-finals

Saturday, June 29

8am: Jaguares vs Brumbies, LIVE on FOX SPORTS MORE (507)
Match Commentary: Greg Clark, Tim Horan and Stephen Hoiles
Studio panel: George Gregan, Drew Mitchell, Phil Kearns and Nick McArdle

5pm: Crusaders vs Hurricanes, LIVE on FOX SPORTS 505
Studio panel: Rod Kafer, Greg Martin, Justin Harrison and Nick McArdle

I’m guessing that Sky in NZ will take the Fox commentary from Greg Clark, Tim Horan and Stephen Hoiles then. Grant Nisbett, Christian Cullen and Richard Turner doing the Crusaders vs Hurricanes match.

The 2019 Open Championship

The year’s third major golf tournament The Open Championship makes an historic return to Northern Ireland in 2019 with FOX SPORTS airing all four rounds of the action live and in HD from Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21.

The world’s best golfers will descend on Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush in a bid to win the coveted Claret Jug in what will be the 148th running of golf’s oldest and most international championship.

Coverage of first round of the Open Championship will commence on FOX SPORTS 505 at 3.30pm on Thursday July 18 and will continue through the afternoon, evening and early hours until it is completed at 5am on Friday morning.

Second round coverage will commence at 3.30pm on Friday, July 19, third round coverage from 7pm on Saturday, July 20 and the final round from 6.00pm on Sunday, July 21.

The field will include a host of former champions and potential contenders. They will include The Masters champion Tiger Woods, who still has Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major victories in his sights, defending champion, Italy’s Francesco Molinari, PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka, US Open Championship winner Gary Woodland and local hero Rory McIlroy, who as a 16-year-old shot a course record 61 at Royal Portrush.

Leading the Australian charge will be Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith and Adam Scott, who placed in the Top 10 at the recent US Open Championship.

FOX Sport 505 schedule

Thursday, July 18
Round One – Live from 3.30pm to 5.00am (Friday, July 19)

Friday, July 19
Round Two – Live from 3.30pm to 5.00am (Saturday, July 20)

Saturday, July 20
Round Three – Live from 7.00pm to 5.00am (Sunday, July 21)

Sunday, July 21
Final Round – Live from 6.00pm to 4.00am (Monday, July 22)

*All times listed are AEST

Supercars Townsville 400

Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s domination of Townsville will be put to the test by Scott McLaughlin when he leads the Ford Mustang charge at the Watpac Townsville 400 – Live and ad-break free this weekend on FOX SPORTS, on Foxtel.

FOX SPORTS will build up to one of the flagship events on the Supercars calendar with a huge weekend of coverage, starting on Thursday with Supercars Trackside, LIVE at 5.30pm, featuring McLaughlin, Chaz Mostert, Shane Van Gisbergen, Jamie Whincup and cricket legend and World Cup winner Andrew Symonds from the driver’s signing session at The Strand.

On track every session will be Live and ad-break free starting on Friday with Supercars Practice 1 (10.55am) and Practice 2 (1.30pm), Race 17 on Saturday at 3.10pm and Race 18 on Sunday at 3.10pm.

In the FOX SPORTS studio, reigning Bathurst 1000 champion Craig Lowndes, will join Mark Skaife and Jess Yates to give Foxtel audiences exclusive insights and analysis, plus Chris Stubbs with all the breaking news.

The team is joined by Supercars commentators Neil Crompton, Greg Murphy, technical analyst Mark Larkham and pit lane reporter Riana Crehan.

FOX SPORTS Supercars expert and five-time Supercars champion, Mark Skaife, said:

“This is a standout event on the Supercars calendar that fans drive hundreds of miles to come and see. The Townsville circuit is a hybrid street layout with a mix of traditional tight street corners before a high-speed section in the parklands area that requires a lot of commitment.

“This level of commitment makes it a real ‘driver’s circuit’ where the best usually come to the fore. It provides great racing with lots of passing opportunities which is evident with only four winners having started on Pole Position in the 21 races held.

“The standout performer of 2019, Scott McLaughlin, will be tough to beat and what we’re witnessing from him this year is history making – he’s 26, at the peak of his powers and in a team who are the best in business.

“I’m expecting David Reynolds and Chaz Mostert to be his main challengers this weekend. Interestingly, there are a few drivers coming off contract that are performing for their careers, so you can expect to see that desperation on track this weekend and into the second half of the year and Chaz will be central in that as it all unfolds.”

Foxtel subscribers can also stream FOX SPORTS’ Supercars coverage where and when they want using Foxtel GO or Foxtel Now.

FOX SPORTS’ BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Watpac Townsville 400

Thursday, July 4
Supercars Trackside LIVE from The Strand, Townsville at 5.30pm
FOX SPORTS 506
Foxtel GO

Friday, July 5
Coverage from 10.00am
Practice 1 at 10.55am
Practice 2 at 2.25pm

Saturday, July 6
Practice 3 from 8.20am
Qualifying at 11.50am
Race 17 at 3.10pm

Sunday, July 7
Qualifying at 10.35am
Top 10 Shootout at 12.20pm
Race 18 at 3.10pm

*All times in AEST

Sunday Telegraph is reporting that Sky News’ Kieran Gilbert will be one of the hosts of the Fox Sports RWC coverage - Gilbert was recommended by Yvonne Sampson

Kieran Gilbert joins Fox Sports for Rugby World Cup Japan 2019

Sky News Presenter Kieran Gilbert will join Fox Sports on Foxtel for its Live, ad-break free and 4K coverage of every game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup Japan.

Currently serving as Chief Political Reporter for Sky News in Canberra, Gilbert joins Fox Sports as a host on the dedicated Rugby World Cup channels, available in HD and 4K.

Gilbert will work alongside Fox Sports’ unprecedented line-up of Rugby’s best experts and analysts including World Cup winners George Gregan, Tim Horan and Phil Kearns plus the voice of Rugby in Australia, Greg Clark.

Gilbert said: “My two great interests are politics and sport, so after 17 years covering politics I can’t wait to launch into some sport as well.”

“I’m hugely excited to be joining Fox Sports for one of the biggest sporting competitions in the world, working alongside Wallabies legends Phil Kearns, George Gregan and Tim Horan among others. It’ll be an honour and I can’t wait to cover all the action with them.”

Fox Sports Head of Television, Steve Crawley, said: “Kieran is a world class television host. When we called him to check on his interest in the Rugby World Cup he said he was taking holidays from Sky News and would be watching every minute.

“We said we might be able to make it a bit more interesting than that – and he jumped at our proposition to host FOX SPORTS coverage.”

Gilbert will return to his hosting role with Sky News at the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup 2019.

Every match of the Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 is LIVE, ad-break free during play and in 4K across two dedicated channels on FOX SPORTS.

Makes me wonder if Nick McArdle will be part of the coverage.

The 2019 Rugby Championship

The Wallabies road to Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup begins this weekend when the Rugby Championship is Live and ad-break free on FOX SPORTS, on Foxtel.

Facing South Africa at 12.30am on Sunday morning, the Wallabies will then square off with the world champion New Zealand All Blacks and Argentina in a four-way fight to see which nation reigns supreme in the Southern Hemisphere.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has welcomed back James O’Connor and Nic White to the squad to join established domestic players Michael Hooper, Kurtley Beale and Will Genia plus Taniela “Tongan Thor” Tupou in the green and gold.

FOX SPORTS will deliver insights and analysis throughout the Rugby Championship with former Wallabies George Gregan, Drew Mitchell, Phil Kearns, Tim Horan, Rod Kafer, Justin Harrison, Greg Martin and Stephen Holies alongside host Nick McArdle and the voice of Rugby in Australia, Greg Clark.

FOX SPORTS Rugby expert and Wallabies legend, Tim Horan, said:

Australia: “After the Wallabies first two test matches in the Rugby Championships they will need to have settled on starting 15 for the World Cup so they can build momentum. They need an attacking mindset which is apparent in the selection of their fullback with Kurtley Beale, Tom Banks and Dane Haylett Petty in the running, and which backrow combination Cheika goes with in order to springboard us into Japan come September.”

South Africa: ”The Springboks, ranked No.5 in the world, are my bolters for the World Cup because of the style of game of play is aimed at low mistakes, plus a dominant forward pack and kicking the majority of their goals, which suits because World Cups are won by not making mistakes. It will be interesting to see how they fare in the Rugby Championships as it will be telling for their campaign in Japan. Flyhalf Handre Pollard is the key man and he will punish teams that cough up penalties within kicking range.”

Argentina: “Following the success of the Jaguares making the Super Rugby final, Argentina have a distinct advantage with the bulk of their squad playing together for the whole Super Rugby season, so they will hit the ground running. They have a flamboyant and fast style of play where they like to keep the ball alive and kick out of trouble with ease. This team continues to improve a lot and are more than capable of beating the best in the world.”

New Zealand: “The All Blacks are the best in the world and continue to be the benchmark. They will be wary of their challengers and be ready to rise to the occasion this year. Any team that beats them will need a total team performance across 80 minutes. They have an embarrassment of riches in their squad that comes off the back of the Crusaders winning the Super Rugby title with the addition of superstars Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams and Ardie Savea.”

Every match 2019 Rugby Championship is LIVE, ad-break free during play and in HD on FOX SPORTS and Foxtel Go.

FOX SPORTS is available on Foxtel.

FOX SPORTS’ BROADCAST SCHEDULE
The Rugby Championship

Week 1 – Sunday, July 21
South Africa vs Australia, FOX SPORTS 506, 12.30am
Argentina vs New Zealand, FOX SPORTS 507, 3.55am

Week 2 – Saturday, July 27
New Zealand vs South Africa, FOX SPORTS 503, 5pm
Australia vs Argentina, FOX SPORTS 503, 7.30pm

Week 3 – Saturday, August 10
Bledisloe Cup Game 1 – Australia vs New Zealand
Argentina vs South Africa
(all times AEST)

Australia v Argentina on July 27 will also be simulcast in 4K on Channel 444.

2019 FFA Cup

Australia’s best semi-professional and amateur football clubs will take on the might of the Hyundai A-League when the David vs Goliath battles ramp up in the FFA Cup Round of 32 – with FOX SPORTS, on Foxtel, delivering LIVE television and streaming coverage for fans from Wednesday, July 24.

From Darwin to Mount Druitt and Bulleen to Bayswater, football fans can follow the best that the FFA Cup has to offer as the classic underdog stories unfold in Australia’s biggest national knockout football competition.

FOX SPORTS, on Foxtel, will broadcast three matches during the Round of 32, two matches during the Round of 16, as well the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and the FFA Cup Final LIVE and in HD with no ad-breaks during play.

Full coverage of the remaining matches in the round of 32 and the round of 16 will streamed LIVE to FOX SPORTS Digital subscribers on www.foxsports.com.au, and via Kayo Sports.

The 10 Hyundai A-League Clubs join the FFA Cup competition in the Round of 32, which will be played across Wednesday nights over three consecutive weeks, from July 24.

FOX SPORTS’ featured game on Match Day 1 (Wednesday, July 24) will be Olympic FC (QLD) vs Bayswater City FC (WA), on Match Day 2 (Wednesday, July 31) Campbelltown City SC (NSW) vs Melbourne City FC (VIC), and on Match Day 3 (Wednesday, August 7) the Melbourne Knights (VIC) vs Adelaide United (SA).

As part of its LIVE coverage FOX SPORTS will also feature all the goals as they happen from the other games being streamed live.

The Round of 16 matches will then be scheduled from Tuesday, August 20 with FOX SPORTS to broadcast one featured game from each Match Day.

FOX SPORTS expert commentator Mark Bosnich said: “Now we’re into the Round of 32 knockout stage of the tournament you can guarantee that the desperation and intensity of the games will lift.

“The thing that makes the FFA Cup so intriguing are the clubs from outside of the A-League that qualify. This year we have clubs from Mackay in North Queensland, Mount Druitt in Western Sydney, South Hobart in Tasmania as well as teams from regional Victoria.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for teams from around the country to test themselves against the best clubs in the A-League competition and provides a platform for the players to showcase their talent on a bigger stage.”

In 2019, a record 737 clubs from around the country entered the FFA Cup competition to compete in the preliminary rounds.

From its inception in 2014, the A-League have dominated the FFA Cup with Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC and reigning 2018 champions Adelaide United all claiming victory in the past 5 years.

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FOX SPORTS’ Broadcast Schedule
FFA CUP Round of 32

Wednesday, July 24
Olympic FC (QLD) v Bayswater FC (WA)
Perry Park, Bowen Hills, QLD
7:30pm
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FC Bulleen Lions (VIC) v Moreland Zebras FC (VIC)
David Barro Stadium, Bulleen, VIC
7:30pm
Streamed

Mount Druitt Town Rangers FC (NSW) v Manly United FC (NSW)
Popondetta Park, Emerton, NSW
7:30pm
Streamed

Magpie Crusaders FC (QLD) v Coomera Colts SC (QLD)
Sologinkin Oval, Glenella, QLD
7:30pm
Streamed

Adelaide Olympic FC (SA) v Floreat Athena FC (WA)
VALO Football Centre, Angle Park, SA
7:30pm
Streamed

Darwin Olympic SC (NT) v Edgeworth FC (NNSW)
Darwin Football Stadium, Marrara, NT
7:30pm
Streamed

Wednesday, July 31
Campbelltown City SC (SA) v Melbourne City FC
Steve Woodcock Sports Centre, Newtown, SA
7:30pm
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Maitland FC (NSW) v Central Coast Mariners (NSW)
Maitland No.1 Sportsground, Maitland, NSW
7:30pm
Streamed

Tigers FC (ACT) v Hume City FC (VIC)
Deakin Stadium, Deakin, ACT
7:30pm
Streamed

South Hobart FC (TAS) v Marconi Stallions FC (NSW)
Blundstone Arena, Bellerive, TAS
7:30pm
Streamed

St George FC (NSW) v Sydney United 58 FC (NSW)
Illinden Sports Centre, Rockdale, NSW
7:30pm
Streamed

Wednesday, August 7
Melbourne Knights FC (VIC) v Adelaide United (SA)
Knights Stadium, Sunshine North, VIC
7:30pm
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Sydney FC (NSW) v Brisbane Roar FC (QLD)
Leichhardt Oval, Lilyfield, NSW
7:30pm
Streamed

Melbourne Victory (VIC) v Newcastle Jets (NSW)
AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
7:30pm
Streamed

Brisbane Strikers (QLD) v Wellington Phoenix (NZ)
Perry Park, Bowen Hills, QLD
7:30pm
Streamed

Perth Glory (WA) v Western Sydney Wanderers FC (NSW)
Dorrien Gardens, West Perth, WA
8:30pm
Streamed

*All times in AEST

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