The IRB Junior World Championship kicks off in South Africa next month and Maori Television will be the place to watch.
As the exclusive national broadcaster of the three-week tournament, Maori Television will screen 15 games, with all the New Zealand games live. Delayed games will be played over breakfast and fans will have the opportunity to catch up with a highlights package in the evenings.
Maori Television general manager of programming Haunui Royal says the channel is proud to have the New Zealand rights to the under-20 rugby tournament.
”After the fantastic feedback and reaction to our World Cup coverage, this is recognition of the huge effort our channel put into making Rugby World Cup 2011 a success.”
The New Zealand under-20 team will be working hard to defend their 2011 Junior World Championship title in this year’s competition, which will take place in Cape Town and Stellenbosch from June 5 to 23 (NZ time).
New Zealand opens the tournament against Samoa on 4 June at Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch. That game will screen live on Maori Television from 2.30am on Tuesday 5 June and replay from 7.00am to 9.00am.
Over the next three weeks, Maori Television will screen live and delayed coverage of matches as the 12 top international teams compete for the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 title.
“So many of our All Blacks have come through the under-20 tournament,” Mr Royal says.
“It’s definitely the place to see our rugby stars of the future.”