Rugby Union joins Nine this Sunday afternoon in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup 2011.
Nine will broadcast the 2011 Castrol Edge Rugby Test between Australia and Samoa at ANZ Stadium.
The game will play live from 1.45pm in Sydney and Brisbane.
But viewers in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth will have reruns of The Block instead, with the game not scheduled to play until 11:25pm.
That’s angered sports fans, some of whom have protested at Rugby Union fansite rebel-army.com.
“Everyone should have the right to watch Rugby live on Free to Air (FTA) television. Especially when their national sporting team ‘the Wallabies’ are competing in the toughest international Rugby competition in the world, the Tri-Nations,” they note.
TV Tonight enquired about the programming of the game by Nine but is yet to receive a reply.
Excitement is building for the Rugby World Cup 2011, with fans counting down the weeks until the New Zealand All Blacks open the six-week tournament against Tonga on Friday, September 9. The Nine Network will broadcast the Rugby World Cup and the lead-up campaign of the Australian Qantas Wallabies on free-to-air television.
After the Australia-Samoa match on Sunday, Nine will present the Castrol Edge Tri Nations tournament between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This blockbuster series commences on Saturday, July 23, when the Qantas Wallabies take on the South African Springboks live at 7.30pm from ANZ Stadium.
Former Wallabies captain George Gregan joins the Wide World of Sports team as the face of rugby union on Nine in 2011. Joining him for the coverage areKen Sutcliffe and Tim Sheridan, along with Brisbane’s Nine News sports reporter Andrew Slack, who captained the Wallabies in the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup.