talkSPORT announces line-up for 2011 Rugby World Cup
talkSPORT has announced a great line-up of big rugby names for their exclusive coverage of the IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand.
Ex-England hooker Brian Moore, aka “the Pitbull”, will be providing no holds barred analysis on all the action from the first kick off at the group games to the final whistle of the tournament. Moore, who won 64 caps for England and qualified as a referee during his rich and varied rugby career, said: “The Rugby World Cup is a massive event and is sure to be a fantastic spectacle – I can’t wait to go out there with the talkSPORT team in New Zealand.”
Also bringing every scrum and every try to the airwaves with first-class commentary and punditry is ex-Australian winger David Campese, who won 101 caps for the Wallabies and held the world record for most tries in test matches until 2006. He said: “I'm delighted to be working with talkSPORT on the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand after being involved on the station for the last tournament. For a commercial sports station this is a huge event and talkSPORT ticks all the boxes – I look forward to being a part of it.”
John Taylor, the voice of the Rugby World Cup, who described Jonny Wilkinson’s winning drop goal in the 2003 final to millions of viewers and was part of the only British and Irish Lions team to win in New Zealand in 1971, will be talkSPORT’s lead commentator, beginning with the opening match between the hosts and Tonga.
Each home nation will be represented by a different pundit as Phil Vickery, who led England to the final of the rugby World Cup and won in 2003, will offer English insights, Gavin Hastings, former Scotland captain, will bring a Scottish perspective, Scott Quinnell, ex-Wales back-row forward will provide expert analysis on Wales and Paul Wallace, former Ireland and Lions prop, will examine the tournament from an Irish point of view. In addition to this there will be a reporter with exclusive access to each home nation team bringing interviews and news as the battle to lift the trophy unfolds.
Moz Dee, Programme Director for talkSPORT, said: “Not only is this the first time that a commercial station has had the exclusive rights to a major international sporting event, but it’s also the first time that live commentary of every single game will be available from any one radio station. We’re delighted to welcome talent like this as it is sure to be an amazing World Cup and our coverage will further cement talkSPORT as the destination for sport fans.”
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