Quick Rugby question

Discussion in 'TV, Satellite & Radio' started by corolla, Oct 9, 2016.

  1. corolla

    corolla Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Club:
    Olympique de Marseille
    Nat'l Team:
    France
    I know I know "bigSOCCER", but real quick. Does anyone know where I can watch European Champions Cup rugby that starts next weekend? Anyone airing it in the US?
     
  2. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  3. SirFozzie

    SirFozzie Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 17, 2001
    Franklin, MA
    ESPN had last year's, but they seemingly have gotten out of rugby, nothing listed
     
  4. HDSports

    HDSports Member

    Aug 30, 2005
    Not true...ESPN3 has been showing two Top 14 (French league) matches a week, which are not listed until about 4 days before that weekend's games (of which there are none this weekend due to the Champions Cup matches) and a recently completed 4 nation Rugby Championship. More notably, they have been showing every match from the Super Rugby, which runs from Feb-Aug.

    I was also curious where to find the European Rugby Champions and Challenge Cups, which in previous years was carried on ESPN3. I wrote the EPCR (the organizing and governing group of those tournaments) and they replied:

    "ESPN Inc ( http://espn.go.com/ - http://www.espn.com/ ) have the USA broadcast rights for the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup - until the conclusion of the 2017/18 season – across their pay TV, internet and mobile services platforms."

    Unfortunately, I have been unable to get any information from ESPN...their Customer Care agents only resource seems to be the same schedules you and I can view online.
     
  5. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    The NZ All Blacks are playing Ireland and the Maori All-Blacks are playing USA in early November in Chicago. Wonder if anyone is showing that?
     
  6. hwkn

    hwkn Member

    Dec 5, 2009
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Last year the USA match in Chicago was on NBC so i'd imagine they'll be on NBC again this year.
     
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  7. Master O

    Master O Member+

    Jul 7, 2006
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    What's there to show? If it's 15 v 15 Rugby Union, the US will get mauled. Rugby Union is an amateur sport in the US, which makes the US basically irrelevant against Rugby's elite nations.
     
  8. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Well, its Ireland v New Zealand and USA v the Maori National Team.

    According to experts the US at full strength are good enough to give the Maori All-Blacks a good battle, although now I'm hearing that they will be without their European-based players since its not a regular int'l break.
     
  9. corolla

    corolla Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Club:
    Olympique de Marseille
    Nat'l Team:
    France
    Saracens-Toulon and Munster-Racing is airing on espn3 on sat and sun respectively! Better late than never but great news!
     
  10. SirFozzie

    SirFozzie Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 17, 2001
    Franklin, MA
    There is a pro league now.
     
  11. Master O

    Master O Member+

    Jul 7, 2006
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That's news to me. When did that occur?
     
  12. SirFozzie

    SirFozzie Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 17, 2001
    Franklin, MA
    Started in April 2016 with five teams, possibly expanding to eight next year, with players making approximately 25-40K during the season:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRO_Rugby

    Matches were shown on OneWorld Sports and AOL.COM (I was bummed out because I can't get OWS right now)
     
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  13. SirFozzie

    SirFozzie Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 17, 2001
    Franklin, MA
    There's actually a lot of rugby available in the US now.

    Top 14/European Cup/Super Rugby (Union) (ESPN3)
    English Premiership (NBCSports and NBCSports.com)
    Pro 12 (I THIINK is still on BeInSports Connect, but cannot confirm)

    Not to mention the 13's game
    NRL Fox Sports 2 and FS+
    Super Rugby FS+
     
  14. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Considering how much MLS players make, I'm surprised an American rugby league could pay 25 or 40K. How long is the season? I think players who have had sustained success in MLS without playing on a club in Europe like Wondolowski and Rimando would have more name recoginition in the United States that the top rugby players in the world.
     
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  15. SirFozzie

    SirFozzie Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 17, 2001
    Franklin, MA
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  16. NaBUru38

    NaBUru38 Member

    Mar 8, 2016
    Las Canteras, Uruguay
    Club:
    Club Nacional de Football
    For more information about Pro Rugby, see here.
     
  17. Master O

    Master O Member+

    Jul 7, 2006
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    All I can say is that Rugby now being professional in the US is huge for the sport. The question, though, is how long will the league survive?
     
  18. LaxBandit

    LaxBandit Member+

    Aug 27, 1999
    North Tonawanda, NY
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #18 LaxBandit, Oct 23, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2016
    "The NZ All Blacks are playing Ireland and the Maori All-Blacks are playing USA in early November in Chicago. Wonder if anyone is showing that?"

    The Rugby Channel (http://www.therugbychannel.tv) is scheduled to show the following United States Mens National Team rugby matches in the month of November.

    United States vs Maori All Blacks - LIVE - Friday, November 4 - 8:00 pm ET.
    Romania vs United States - LIVE - Saturday, November 12 - 11:00 am ET.
    Tonga vs United States - Saturday, November 19 - 11:00 am ET.
    There are also two United States Womens National Team matches scheduled for late November - both vs France.

    All matches are scheduled for their premium channel so theres a cost.
    Looks like $4.99 a month with the first 30 days free - limited time only - for newcomers.
    So if you are one of those - you get two months for $4.99.

    Heres the link to the Rugby Channel TV Schedule - October/November 2016 -
    http://res.cloudinary.com/usarugby-...0278/TRC_Schedule_Oct-Nov_2016V2_2_Sheet1.pdf
     
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  19. SirFozzie

    SirFozzie Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 17, 2001
    Franklin, MA
    I think pretty well, one of the things that they're trying to head off is the Pro12 or Super Rugby expanding to the US (both have made eyes at that already)

    http://www.espn.com/rugby/story/_/id/17145703/usa-rugby-welcome-possibility-housing-pro12-team

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11713051

    One way or another, I think Rugby is here to stay in the USA.
     
  20. LaxBandit

    LaxBandit Member+

    Aug 27, 1999
    North Tonawanda, NY
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #20 LaxBandit, Nov 2, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2016
    "The NZ All Blacks are playing Ireland and the Maori All-Blacks are playing USA in early November in Chicago. Wonder if anyone is showing that?"

    International Rugby Double-Header - NBCSN - Saturday, November 5.

    8:00 pm ET - LIVE - New Zealand All Blacks vs Ireland - Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois.
    10:00 pm ET - One Day-Tape Delay - USA Eagles vs Maori All Blacks - Toyota Park, Chicago, Illinois.

    The two matches are part of “The Rugby Weekend,” a collaboration between USA Rugby and TLA Worldwide.

    The USA Eagles-Maori All Blacks match marks the fourth encounter between the two teams - the last one was in 2014 when the Maori All Blacks defeated the USA Eagles 29-19 in Philadelphia. The New Zealand All Blacks-Irish Rugby Football Union met most recently in 2013, when New Zealand edged Ireland by a score of 24-22 in Dublin.

    Veteran play-by-play announcer Todd Harris will call the matches and will be joined in the booth by analysts and former USA Rugby World Cup members Brian Hightower and Dan Lyle.

    http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2...weekend-presented-by-aig-this-saturday-night/
     
  21. SirFozzie

    SirFozzie Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 17, 2001
    Franklin, MA
    Well, one bad result, but one OH MY GOD result over the weekend :)
     
  22. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    So after all that the match just ended up being shown live on NBC Live Extra! :laugh: I checked Live Extra about 3 days before the match and, correct me if I'm wrong, but the NZ v Ireland test wasn't listed. Luckily I checked again on Saturday morning so I didn't miss the live broadcast as it turned out to be a historic result.
     
  23. LaxBandit

    LaxBandit Member+

    Aug 27, 1999
    North Tonawanda, NY
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  24. NaBUru38

    NaBUru38 Member

    Mar 8, 2016
    Las Canteras, Uruguay
    Club:
    Club Nacional de Football
    Los Teros lost to Germany 24-21 :(
     
  25. Mark Hussy

    Mark Hussy New Member

    Real Madrid
    Brazil
    May 23, 2017
    USA Rugby states its role as "the national governing body charged with achieving and maintaining high levels of quality in all aspects of rugby."
     

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