Rugby breaks in to T&T TV market
WI Sports -Channel 14 (FLOW) will broadcast the T&T A vs T&T Development Rugby Game ,which will be played on Wednesday 10 November -Larry Gomes Stadium-Kick off 7.30pm, on Friday 12 November at 6pm with a rerun at 9pm.
WI Sports will also cover the second game in the 2nd Annual series on Wednesday 17 November 2010.
Trinidad and Tobago Rugby Football Union (TTRFU) President Leslie Figaro is elated that full broadcast of local rugby games will finally take place in T&T.
“I am delighted that the TTRFU have agreed in principle with WI Sports that local rugby content will be shown on WI Sports. The TTRFU tried to get rugby on local TV for a number of years.
The vision of WI Sports to be the home of local sports is a brave and visionary and one that the TTRFU is happy to embrace. It is groundbreaking for T&T Rugby."
Figaro believes that WI Sports is a multi-media platform that places value on quality, innovation and is focused on creating high quality audience expereince.Rugby's inclusion as an Olympic sport has raised the profile and heightened interest in the sport.
He confirmed that the concept of mid week games is not unique to international rugby and it is a feature the TTRFU will look closely at progressing as part of the TTRFU's strategic plan to raise the profile of rugby .
"Rugby is a hip and cool sport. It attracts a dynamic, ambitious and determined demographic who aren't afraid of challenges. Those are attributes Rugby shares with WI sports. This is exciting and historic and I dare say the beginning of a new era for local rugby" added the local rugby leader.
Former Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies rugby player Brent Barry will do the match commentary and analysis.
According to Figaro the TTRFU is planning to broadcast other matches with live and delayed match video available on line.
A Rugby show is also on the drawing board with features such as pre match show, half-time and post match analysis.
Editor's Note: The first T&T National Senior A vs T&T Development Team series was played last year (2009) .The T&T Development team surprisingly defeated the T&T Senior Team.