FOLLOWING the first ever streaming of a
professional rugby union game through Twitter, the RFU Championship
will once again be broadcasting through the social media site, this
time in the form of Nottingham and Bedford Blues' semi-final
TWEET STREAM: The
home and away let of Nottingham's semi-final with Bedford will
stream live on Twitter. PIC: Steve Galloway.
Earlier this month, viewers were able to watch Cornish Pirates
vs Jersey RFC through @RFUChampionship following a public vote to
decide which game was broadcast. The feedback received through the
social media site was so positive that the RFU have decided to show
bog legs of Nottingham and Bedford Blues' semi-final, while Sky
Sports will broadcast both legs of the clash between Newcastle
Falcons and Leeds Carnegie.
As with the game in Penzance, viewers will be able to share
their thoughts on the games via Twitter and vote for their RFU
Championship Man of the Match.
Commenting on the streaming, RFU Head of Digital Nick Shaw
"The response we received last time was fantastic. Viewers loved
being able to watch the game whilst out and about on their phone or
iPad and given the importance of these games, it was a straight
forward decision to continue the streaming for the knock-out
"The RFU Championship is really carving out a space in
technological innovation, seen in the European competitions using
RefCam this weekend, which was used for the first time in the
second tier. We hope the continuation of live Twitter streaming
will also prove to be as popular."
Nottingham Rugby CEO Simon Beatham added: "We are excited to
play a part in the social media innovation as it will help enhance
the viewing experience of fans in the stands at Meadow Lane.
Spectators can get action replays and running stats instantaneously
on their phones while reveling in the stadium atmosphere and
watching history play out before their eyes.
"In the Championship we have embraced the technological
advancements to give spectators a unique perspective on the game
and bring them close to the action. I'm sure there will be some
very keen eyes on us and Bedford in Leeds and Newcastle as well and
the wider rugby public across the UK."
RFU Championship semi-finals
Bedford Blues v Nottingham
Rugby, Saturday May 4, KO 3pm. LIVE on @RFUChampionship from
Leeds Carnegie v Newcastle Falcons,
Monday May 6, KO 3.15pm, LIVE on Sky Sports HD.
Nottingham Rugby v Bedford
Blues, Friday May 10, KO 8pm, LIVE on @RFUChampionship from
Newcastle Falcons v Leeds Carnegie,
Sunday May 12, KO 1.15pm, LIVE on Sky Sports HD