The Rugby Channel is a 24-hour television channel broadcasting every single test worldwide live, and the collected digital archive of rugby from 1905 onwards in between.
The Rugby Channel started up after I left New Zealand in 2000. I went to stay with my brother in Auckland recently, and soaked up as much of it as possible. After day two, I went out and bought a ten-pack of 240 minute blank videotapes, then filled them with the classics to take home as sustenance... Bledisloe 1992, All Blacks tour of South Africa 1996, Whineray's 1967 side against the Baabaas, Bledisloe 2000, Gareth Edwards' try in the corner after Phil Bennett's three sidesteps, an incredible sequence showing all of Christian Cullen's test tries back-to-back... and countless hours more. Even the ads are worth watching, to a Sydney-sider starved of such fare. Believe me, I could rent these tapes out to my expat mates. As a fan of rugby, this is the world's best television channel by definition.
William, Australia - 06 July 2004
Applause from the stands
Australian rugby coverage is put together by technicians who grew up watching and playing League and Footy. Play by play, the comprehension gap sometimes is huge... wide shots of rucks and close-ups of defensive screens et cetera. South Africans, of course, are like Kiwis and WOULD do better IF they could afford more cameras. NZ's Rugby Channel is like being at the game, with the best seat in the house. Utterly compelling. I applaud a great nomination.
Simon, New Zealand - 18 June 2004
The Rugby Channel contains the ultimate rugby experiences, true to its branding - and the label itself oozes excellence. The total on screen feel is outstanding from the focussed and passionate presenters, to the best in game coverage accompanied by awesome audio tracks.
Tony, New Zealand - 17 June 2004
I live and breathe rugby. In the last five years I've written half a million words about it. Rugby television coverage has attained new heights in New Zealand thanks to the Rugby Channel. All the directors, presenters, editors and cameramen have lived it and breathed it like I have, and it shows in their attention to detail, their threatrical framing of the spectacle. I send tapes to my friends overseas, and their jaws drop. For lovers of the game, the Rugby Channel is the ultimate Lovemark. Unbefreakinglievable.
Inky, New Zealand - 15 June 2004