Rugby fans around the world will be tuning
in to the Rugby World Cup 2015 opening ceremony at Twickenham
later today (Friday, 19:00 GMT, 02:00 Hong Kong time on Saturday).
The opening ceremony
will be followed by the first match of the six-week tournament,
when hosts England take on Fiji.
The Rugby World Cup 2015, which
will be hosted across 13 venues in England and Cardiff (Wales),
has already broken all previous ticket sales records with 2.25
million, or 95% of tickets sold, surpassing the record set in
try, kick, pass and tackle will also be accessible to a potential
of 772 million households (up by 15% over 2011) in 209
territories via 103 licensed TV broadcasters.
free-to-air broadcasters and 23,000 hours of coverage anticipated
across all licensees (15,000 in 2011), the scene is set for the
most-viewed Rugby World Cup to date.
“World Rugby’s mission is to grow the
global rugby family and England 2015 represents a golden
opportunity to reach, engage and inspire new audiences across the
UK and around the world,” said World Rugby Chairman, Bernard Lapasset. “This record broadcast platform represents our commitment to make
rugby available for all and demonstrates our strategic commitment
to favour strong free-to-air platform coverage to more lucrative
pay TV in key strategic markets such as India, Brazil, USA and
China ... The stage is set for a very
special and record-breaking Rugby World Cup that will be a
game-changer in many territories as rugby continues to grow across
In Thailand, TrueVisions Gold and Platinum
subscribers will be able to watch the Rugby World Cup Live on Fox
Sports 2, Channel 689.
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