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Cornish Pirates and Jersey RFC to make Twitter history

15 April 2013

  • Cornish Pirates and Jersey RFC in rugby union social media first
  • Public vote sees game streamed live on Twitter through @RFUChampionship
RFU Championship action with Jersey RFC

Photo: RFU Archive

Following nearly three weeks of voting for what will be the first rugby union game streamed live through Twitter, Cornish Pirates and Jersey have been chosen to make social media history.

On March 27, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) asked supporters to vote for the game they wanted to see streamed live through @RFUChampionship. Nearly 7,000 votes were received, with Cornish Pirates vs Jersey coming out on top. The Islanders submitted the largest number of votes, claiming 29% of total entries received, followed by Bedford Blues fans in second, and Newcastle Falcons in third.

Following their narrow win over Doncaster on Saturday, Jersey require only a single point from their trip to Penzance to secure their Championship status, should the Knights win both their final two games with bonus points.

Cornish Pirates’ journey in this season’s RFU Championship will come to a close at The Mennaye Field on Saturday, as the side is now unable to reach the top four and a semi-final spot regardless of results in the final round.

As well as the live streaming, viewers will be able to choose the RFU Championship Man of the Match and submit interview questions to both head coaches before the fixture.

Speaking about Saturday, Pirates Head Coach Ian Davies said: “It’s been a long season and while we are of course disappointed to not be in the top four, we are all looking forward to some down time and returning afresh for a new campaign.

“This game against Jersey is our opportunity to go out on a high, in front of a big home crowd (and Twitter audience!), and hopefully enjoy ourselves. Jersey will no doubt want to finish their debut Championship season with a win, so we’ll have to be on form to come away with the spoils.”

To watch Cornish Pirates vs Jersey RFC on Saturday, April 20, follow @RFUChampionship.