Weekend rugby action
Barbados will be in action over the weekend as Rugby Canada host the North American Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) 7s Championship in Ottawa tomorrow and Sunday.
The tournament, which also serves as the regional qualifier for the 2013 Rugby 7s World Cup, takes place at Twin Elm Rugby Park in Nepean, Ontario and in addition to Barbados, features teams from across the NACRA region including Canada, the USA, Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas, Bermuda, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Cayman Islands. Barbados and the other participating countries stand to benefit from significant exposure.
Tournament organisers have announced that in partnership with Rogers TV Ottawa, each of the participating nations and a significant number of key matches will be featured in a television package to include four broadcasts over the two days. Rogers TV’s director of programming development Julie Henson said rugby had been a popular fixture on the station over the years.
”We’ve covered men’s and women’s games at all levels and viewer response has been consistently strong.
We’re thrilled to be able to feature the Rugby 7’s World Cup Qualifier on Rogers TV, cable 22 in Ottawa.”
To augment the television broadcast, tournament organisers will also be making 100 per cent of the tournament content available over the internet. Over 70 per cent of the matches will be produced using a multi-camera production platform, with all other games captured with a single camera exclusively for internet streaming.
Barbadians and other viewers outside Ontario can watch the entire tournament live on http://www. livestream.com/nacrarugby. Archive content will be made available for each match following the tournament.
Play will commence at 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time tomorrow and Sunday, and will run throughout each day with play ending at roughly 5:30 p.m. The four television broadcasts are scheduled to air on Rogers TV in Ottawa at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. EDT on both days.
Complete details of the TV broadcast schedule and internet streaming links will be available on the Rugby Canada website www.rugbycanada.ca and the event website www.events.rugbycanada.ca.