TV3 announce their 2007 Rugby World Cup presenting team

TV3’s 2007 Rugby World Cup coverage team is ready to head to France! TV3 will have all 48 games live, exclusive and without interruption.

Rugby editor and sports presenter Hamish McKay will lead the commentary team with legendary All Blacks and 1987 Rugby World Cup winners Grant Fox and Alan Whetton. Joining them will be recent All Black great Andrew Mehrtens who will provide his own unique input as a sideline commentator for All Blacks’ matches. The fifth highest points scorer in Rugby World Cup history (behind fourth placed Fox), Mehrtens will also provide pre and post game analysis from TV3′s Paris studio for all the other the big games.

For lead commentator McKay this is the realisation of a dream he has had since he was a young boy.

“I’ve been calling rugby since I was an eight-year-old growing up in the Manawatu hill country! Mind you, an opportunity like this is something as a sports broadcaster you only dream about, and it’s certainly not something you can ever set a clear plan to be a part of.

“I intend to enjoy every second of this tournament and I’m confident a great experience for the entire 3 Sport team will be capped off by the right result. There could be no sweeter moment than seeing Richie McCaw, touch wood, get his hands on that Webb Ellis cup.”

While McKay, Whetton, Fox and Mehrtens are leading the commentary team, the rest of TV3’s Rugby World Cup coverage will be brought into the homes of New Zealanders by a credible team of reporters and presenters, including news anchor and journalist Mike McRoberts and sports reporter/ presenter Shaun Summerfield, who will anchor the live match coverage and breakfast Rugby World Cup Review show. Live match coverage is complemented by a cast of reputable guests, such as All Black great Frank Bunce, injured current All Black James Ryan, and other ex-international players and coaches.

The Rugby World Cup Review show, screening at breakfast time, will provide a look back at the games that have occurred overnight for those who can’t cope with all those sleepless nights. With highlights, best plays, post-match interviews, and press conferences, the coverage will also feature plenty of knowledgeable and credible guests.

While Summerfield and McRoberts will be bringing you the Rugby World Cup Review, veteran sports reporter and presenter Howard Dobson will host the Rugby World Cup Preview. This late evening show will provide viewers with a look ahead to the upcoming matches, as well as profiling key players and running stories on the teams playing that day. This show will also include in-studio guests, updated pool standings, and a range of other statistics.

Presenters James Gemmell (The Summit, Emirates Big Race Series, Churchill Cup coverage) and Brooke Howard-Smith (3 Sport Arena, Target, Joker Poker), along with McKay, will work in field reporter roles, covering the All Blacks for match build-up and the Rugby World Cup Preview show. At all times one of them will be with the All Blacks, providing daily feature stories on our boys in black, their fans and their current location.

From TV3’s amazing rooftop studio position in the heart of Paris, just off the Champs-Élysées, the network has hand-picked the best production and technical crew available, taking around 50 crew members over to Paris. TV3 aims to raise the bar for existing rugby coverage, providing innovative and entertaining programming.

TV3’s Paris-based Rugby World Cup coverage starts with the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony on Saturday, September 8th at 6am, live and exclusive. TV3 is proud to be associated with broadcast partners Heineken, Harvey Norman, Telecom and Bank of New Zealand.

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