Global audience tunes in to JWRT stream

(IRB.COM) Monday 25 June 2012
 Global audience tunes in to JWRT stream
The popular JWRT is taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo: David Brinton

The IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah, is enjoying complete broadcast and social media coverage with every game being streamed live around the world.

The winner of the JWRT will be promoted to the IRB Junior World Championship 2013, the world’s premier age-grade tournament, so the stakes are high among the eight competing teams.

And the word has spread to their home nations with more than 70,000 users having logged on to the official stream. That number is set to increase further with the final pool matches taking place on Tuesday and the finals on Saturday at Murray Rugby Park. The live stream can be accessed here.

“After the success of the recent IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa, it is encouraging to see that the JWRT is also a hugely popular tournament, especially within the competing teams’ home countries,” said IRB Tournament Director Philippe Bourdarias.

“The future stars of Rugby are on show in Salt Lake City, and the tournament provides fans around the world with the ability to see the next generation of Todd Clevers, Chauncy O’Tooles and Denis Simplikeviches.”

In addition to the broadcast coverage, the IRB is offering multi-platform online opportunities to follow the tournament with daily digital updates via the Twitter account @irbjuniors, news and feature content at the official tournament website.

“The live stream of all matches, along with the website and social media, offers a great service to fans of Under 20 international Rugby,” said Bourdarias. “With a week to go in the tournament, we are anticipating that even more fans will log on to the various online options to keep in touch with their favourite teams.”

USA are favourites to make the final from Pool A. Successive wins over pre-tournaments favourites Tonga and Chile have put the Junior All-Americans four points clear of the Pacific Islanders going into tomorrow’s clash against winless Russia.

A win, tie or bonus-point defeat to Russia will be enough for the USA to make their second final in the tournament’s history. But if they lose without a bonus point and Tonga or Chile win their head to head with one, then they will have blown their opportunity.

In Pool B, the winner of the Japan v Georgia clash will make it into the final. With the Brave Blossoms one point ahead of the Lelos, a tie will be good enough for the Asian champions, provided the east Europeans do not secure a bonus point. If the teams did end up on equal points following a tie, Georgia would progress to the final with a superior points difference.