Hooligans or Gentlemen ?

6 Sep

With the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War looming, it is perhaps appropriate that England’s opening game in the Rugby World Cup is against Argentina on Saturday.

And troops stationed on the Falkland Islands will not miss out, as the commentary is to be broadcast live to all British soldiers serving overseas. Coverage starts on September 9th, enabling troops stationed in more than 20 countries to keep up with the state of play.

The British Forces Broadcasting Service has linked up with talkSPORT to achieve this and BFBS Controller, Nicky Ness commented, “I am delighted that the BFBS and talkSPORT partnership now extends to Rugby World Cup coverage.  This tournament is really important to the armed forces community for whom sport is a crucial part of life. The fact that our troops will be able to listen on the front line and in far-flung corners of the world will make a real difference to morale.”

Moz Dee, talkSPORT’s Programme Director, added, “This is the first time that the Rugby World Cup will be appearing exclusively on commercial radio and we recognise our responsibility to the sport and to the fans which is why we have invested in a stellar line up of talent and are set to broadcast more games than ever before. Brian Moore, David Campese and John Taylor make an incredible team and we’re proud that through BFBS our troops will be able to enjoy the tournament.”

Argentina are ranked number 9 in the IRB World Rankings after recording 3 wins and 3 losses in the past 12 months and could prove to be a handful, particularly as injury is likely to keep Lewis Moody in the stands on Saturday. The England team are ranked 5th with 8 won and 4 lost.

Argentine troops were ejected from the Falkland Islands in 1833 and 1982, it remains to be seen whether their rugby team will be thrown out of the competition at Otago Stadium.

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