Qualifiers live on internet

A huge competition in Cayman will now get even more hype, thanks to the local rugby union.

The Cayman Rugby Football Union recently announced that it will stream footage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup Qualifiers. The qualifiers start the week of 20 April at the South Sound Rugby Club.

Games will be shown live on the CRFU’s website. The website will serve as the hub for all information concerning the qualifiers.

The games will be filmed by visiting producers of Total Rugby, the official weekly television program of the International Rugby Board. Broadcasts go all over the world to some 145 million people via satellite.

CRFU are hoping the games could be shown live on CITN as well. However, according to CITN General Sales Manager Shawn Wilcox, the plain video they would be getting from TR would not meet their standards.

‘At this point in time, there are no plans to broadcast the 2011 Rugby World Cup Qualifiers on local television. We wanted to show properly broadcast games with commentary, not just raw video.’

CITN were reportedly looking for a more polished broadcast. They were looking for the games to be complete with colour commentators, analysts and the like.

Wilcox went on to say that if the games were shown locally, it would be on a tape delay system.

The games are slated to be shown on CRFU’s website as just raw video. CRFU Technical Director Richard Adams said the reason for streaming raw video lay in the costs.

‘We couldn’t afford to get commentators, analysts and so on for the matches. The more manpower you put into this sort of production, the more money you’re going to have to pay out.’

Adams also noted that the CRFU would be facing some technical problems in pulling off a broadcast.

Adams went on say that CRFU members would be meeting with Government officials this week. According to Adams, there is a possibility that government might get involved with the qualifiers and possibly provide marketing or more manpower for the games.

The Rugby World Cup page is currently online on the CFRU’s website. Live streaming of the games will start the week of 20 April.

For more information, log on to www.caymanrugby.com/rugbyworldcup2011.html.