- RFU Championship will make social media history
- Get involved using #rfuchamplive
Photo: Brian Tempest
This Saturday the RFU Championship will make social media history, broadcasting the first ever live rugby union fixture via Twitter. Following a public vote in which supporters were asked to choose the game they wanted to see streamed live, Cornish Pirates and Jersey will take to the field in front of a Twitter audience in the final round of the league stage.
Following Doncaster’s 38-27 loss to Bedford Blues on Wednesday evening, Jersey RFC go into the fixture against Pirates already having secured their RFU Championship status for a second season.
Cornish Pirates, meanwhile, will finish outside of the top four for the first time since 2010. The men from Penzance have been runners-up in the Championship final for the past two seasons.
While the game will have no bearing on the clubs’ final standing in the league, both will undoubtedly look to end their RFU Championship season on a high in front of a bumper ground at The Mennaye Field, not to mention the Twitter audience.
Use #rfuchamplive to get involved
The live streaming will start at 2.45pm via a video player on the @RFUChampionship Twitter page. The coverage will begin with pre-match interviews from both head coaches, before the game kicks off at 3pm.
Viewers can share their thoughts on the game throughout using #rfuchamplive, some of which will be read out live on air by the commentary team. Using the same hashtag, viewers can also nominate their Man of the Match after the 60-minute mark, the winner of which will be presented with a specially designed Twitter Man of the Match bottle of champagne. And of course, there will be regular updates from the other final league games.
To get involved, simply follow @RFUChampionship. Updates and information will be tweeted throughout the day, as well as a reminder of how to get involved using #rfuchamplive.