Channel Eye ready to televise knock-out phase of tourney
Channel Eye affiliated to the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation has decided to bring the on-going Rugby World Cup live to local fans with the tournament reaching the quarter final stage over the coming weekend.
The Sri Lankan rugby fans who did not have access to cable television (pay TV) and who were left in the lurch with no sponsor coming forward to bring the sports showpiece tournament live to local audiences will now be able to witness the knock-out phase of the 2003 edition.
"We are presently carrying a trailer to the effect that Channel Eye will telecast the Rugby World Cup from the quarter final stage to the final", a spokesman for the station told The Island last night.
But he failed to give further details with regard to sponsorship and could only confirm that the most important stage of the World Cup will be brought live to the living rooms of thousands of rugby fans in this country.
The quarter final line-up for the Rugby World Cup released by the IRB sees World Cup co-favourites New Zealand (All Blacks) take on South Africa (Springboks) on November 8 at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne (SL Time 1.30 p.m.).
While in the second quarter final on the same day will pit defending champions Australia against Scotland at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane (SL Time 4.00 p.m.).
On the second day on November 9, France will lock horns with Ireland at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne (SL Time 1.30 p.m.) , while that game will be followed by the last quarter final clash between the European champions England and Wales at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane (SL Time 4.00 p.m.)
The two semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup have been scheduled for November 15 and 16 respectively with the matches due to kick off at 3.00 p.m. Sri Lanka time with the grand final to be played at the Sydney Olympic Stadium on November 22 (Saturday), also at the same time.
All matches of the Rugby World Cup from the quarter final stage will be covered live by international 24-hour satellite sports channel Star Sports. The Island reliably learns that Channel Eye has linked up with them to televise the business end of the tournament.
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