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“Mad Dog” Moody, who arrives in Johannesburg on Friday to do duty for
SuperSport, expects a grand spectacle when the Rugby World Cup kicks off, with
England and Ireland pushing the southern hemisphere giants hardest.
World Cup winner with England in 2003, Moody says he expects no change from the
World Cup tradition of teams that stick to what got them to the World Cup, in
terms of playing style, ultimately being the most successful.
also believes that teams able to adapt to the erratic conditions ought to go
weather can be very changeable. Last weekend we had England against Ireland. It
was a beautiful day that produced fantastic rugby. But this being England, next
week we could be in the middle of a monsoon,” said Moody, who earned 71 caps
southern hemisphere boys tend to adapt; the French tend to go well too. Teams
may play tighter in the pool games because of anxiety. Given that it’s a
British World Cup, the boys from Scotland, Wales and Ireland will feel at home,
which will make for a great spectacle.”
predicts that the Rugby Football Union’s heavy investment in the World Cup will
ensure the most special of events, with rugby fever sure to take hold when
England start proceedings against Fiji at a
revamped Twickenham on Friday night.
gutted,” Moody quipped. “I’m too old and battered to play in this home World
he will be one of the expert analysts for SuperSport’s broadcasts.
plans to broaden the appeal of its World Cup coverage with a range of new shows,
top guests and cutting-edge technology.
a 24-hour rugby channel already on the go, SuperSport intends offering
something for every type of rugby supporter: from the casual observer to the
hard core fanatic.
48 matches will be broadcast exclusively live and in High Definition, with
build-ups featuring some of the best analysts in the game.
World Cup champions Kobus Wiese, Joel Stransky, Bobby Skinstad and Ashwin
Willemse will be joined by overseas counterparts Moody and Ben Kay, plus a number
of other former internationals like Sean Fitzpatrick, Taine Randell, Nathan
Sharpe, Colin Charvis, George Gregan, Paul Wallace, Gavin Hastings and Jeff
ITV is the broadcast host and will supply the international commentary feed.
SuperSport, all Springbok matches will enjoy four commentary options:
international English; SA English; Afrikaans and isiXhosa.
other matches will have three language options: International English;
Afrikaans and isiXhosa.
ITV commentary team includes Tony Johnson, Miles Harrison, Gordon Bray and
its fifth broadcast of Rugby World Cup, SuperSport has put together eight
different shows that will feature on a 24-hour channel from September 1:
World Cup Rugby
Show Me Your
Boots and All
will range from the light-hearted to news events, analysis to general rugby
of the shows, Show Me Your Passport, will be fronted by Elma Smit, the
original “Lady Rugga”, who will be travelling throughout the UK to bring
viewers stories and sights from the heartlands of rugby. Accompanied by a
regular SuperSport pundit, she will lift the lid on local rugby culture.
top guests lined up for SuperSport’s coverage are Nick Mallett, Matt
Pearce, Owen Nkumane, Toks van der Linde, Naas Botha, Robbi Kempson, Hanyani
Shimange, Mark Robinson, Kaunda Ntunja and Thinus Delport.