Rugby Union Broadcasting History

One of the early graphics (when the pre match entertainment is singing) say live.

I remember watching the return game on 7 in South Africa between New Zealand and the Springboks in 2000.

A relatively early calling off tube too!

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I’m kind of surprised here that they called it from the studio rather than take the SA commentary.

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Seven threw a lot at the rugby after the 99 RWC win and through to the 03 edition in Australia

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Fox might have shown some Wallabies tests live along with 7 when 7 had AFL commitments in Melbourne. Or if it conflicted with the news (although NZ games usually were at 12.30pm then).

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I remember Gordon calling Aus super 12 games for Fox. My guess is that 7 did the production as Fox had nobody to do those games in the early days between 1996-2000. in 01, Fox started doing the production with Greg Clark and co. The graphics package during this time were the same as the Seven produced Wallabies games, the only difference was the Fox Sports logo instead of the 7 logo.

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Seven produced the S12 games then. Live on Fox, delayed till 10:30pm on 7.

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My first memories of it was from the early 90s leading into the 1991 World Cup. It was all on the ABC

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For the 07 RWC, Fox and 10 would do Wallabies matches live, Fox would take the ITV commentary while 10 went with an untried caller in poet Rupert McCall and ex wallabies Ben Tune and Ben Darwin as match commentators, my guess is John Taylor did some of the Fox games as well as Miles Harrison. For 2011, Greg Clark and co did all Aussie games, but you have “Commentary Choice” on the red button which had the NZ callers like Grant Nisbett, Tony Johnson, Scotty Stevenson, etc.

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Was it ITV or the world feed?

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Had a weekly World in Union magazine program during the tournament hosted directly from a hotel rooftop in Paris by Bill Woods.

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Funny isn’t it that it was once Australia won the world cup that commercial networks took interest. Plus this was at a time that Rugby Union was transitioning to professionalism

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Yeah, but then Rugby Aus all but collapsed…

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