Club pride is on the line as characters from rugby clubs across the nation join forces with legends of the game in a fantastic new sports entertainment show.
Featuring radio and former Tongan international rugby star Willie Lose as host and former All Blacks, the legendary Buck Shelford and Glen Osborne as team captains, THE 3RD HALF premieres on Maori Television on Thursday October 14 at 8.30 PM.
No matter where you go in Aotearoa, big city or small town, there is one place that holds the heart of the community and mana of the town – the rugby club rooms – and this is the spirit teams will bring to THE 3RD HALF.
Every week two clubs from different parts of the country will square up to test their knowledge of the game at a regional, national and international level, under the guidance of their famous, and hopefully knowledgeable captains.
Two clubs from across the nation will throw down every week to test their rugby knowledge – regional, national and international – all under the guidance of their famous, and hopefully knowledgeable captains.
But while expertise is appreciated, the big points will come from the players’ creativity, as they take on a range of tasks and questions set by Lose.
Right from the start of the show teams will need to get their creative juices flowing as they make up and perform a team haka, song or chant. In later rounds, they may need to put their own commentary on game footage, or answer questions about their captains.
With the Rugby World Cup less than a year away, contestants will also need to have a good general knowledge of the international game as well.
Maori Television’s general manager of programming Haunui Royal says the show has a fresh approach to sports entertainment genre, and some exciting talent in its presenter and captains.
“The combination of flaxroot and elite within the teams is an original idea, and I’m excited to see where that goes. I anticipate there will be some real fireworks and spontaneity in team chemistry as the club reps get to know their captains,” he says. “Willie Lose brings a real freshness and authority as host, and he’ll need it with someone like Oz in the mix. In Buck Shelford we’re lucky enough to have a true rugby great on board, and I think viewers will get to see another side of him on this show. To me, this programme is perfectly poised to become a hit with the rugby nation.”
Fresh, fun and full of the passion that defines us as a rugby nation! THE 3RD HALF premieres on Maori Television on Thursday October 14 at 8.30 PM.