- Spark Sport Rugby World Cup 2019 tournament passes to go on sale in early May, opening with a super early bird price of $59.99 during May
- Tournament passes provide live and on demand access to all 48 matches in the tournament, on a wide range of devices
- 12 matches will be available for free with TVNZ and for Spark Sport free-to-view account holders, including every New Zealand pool and knock-out match, some live and some delayed; a further 2 matches will be free on Spark Sport
- Spark Sport has a back-up TV arrangement in place with TVNZ as contingency in case of a significant issue
- Rugby fans who want to watch at home and commercial premises such as pubs and clubs who want to get set up for the tournament can now register their interest.
With Rugby World Cup 2019™ now just a few months away and interest in the event rising, Spark Sport announces its pricing for the tournament, kicking off with a super early bird offer and revealing what matches will be available free to air.
Jeff Latch, Head of Spark Sport said, “We are offering early bird pricing, to encourage New Zealanders to get set up to watch the rugby early – and we are opening up more matches free to air. These decisions have been made to ensure maximum accessibility for New Zealanders to the tournament.”
During May, rugby fans who purchase a super early bird Rugby World Cup tournament pass will get access to the tournament for just $59.99.
From June until early September, fans will also be rewarded for getting set up in advance, with early bird tournament passes selling for $79.99.
In the final few days before the tournament starts, the full price of $89.99 will be charged for a tournament pass.
Single match passes will also be available for sale at $24.99 once the tournament starts.
The Spark Sport Rugby World Cup Tournament pass and single Match pass can be purchased as one-off items. You don’t need to be a Spark customer, or have a monthly Spark Sport subscription, to access them.
Latch explains, “A year ago, we said we wanted to help shape the future of sports watching for New Zealanders. We believe that our Rugby World Cup plans deliver on that, using the flexibility of streaming to give Kiwis control and choice about what they watch, when they watch and how they watch.
“In addition, we’re delivering pricing that makes watching the entire tournament truly affordable for New Zealanders – and that stacks up extremely competitively when you look at how streaming sports tournaments have been priced around the world*.”
The Spark Sport Rugby World Cup 2019 tournament pass will give customers access to all 48 matches of the tournament live and on demand – but also includes a lot more than just the matches.
Latch explains, “The tournament pass includes full match replays for 30 days following each match, an array of highlights, preview and review programming. It includes access to a range of historic Rugby World Cup match content as soon as the pass is purchased, giving rugby fans another reason to sign up early and relive the excitement of previous years.”
“Spark Sport is the only place rugby fans will be able to watch every single match live (some of the free matches will play with a delay on TVNZ). It will also be the only place fans can watch a match on demand, at time of their choosing. Viewers will also have the flexibility of being able to watch on a wide range of devices, including selected Smart TVs, mobile devices, laptops, Chromecasts, Apple TV, plus other devices still to be announced.”