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RFU to stream Championship game live on Twitter

27 March 2013

  • RFU Championship and The Rugby Paper lead the way in live Twitter stream
  • Vote for your chosen game at www.rfu.com/fanvote
Live RFU Championship streaming

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The RFU Championship is continuing to pave the way in innovation, leading on from Sky Sports’ behind-the-scenes footage and RefCam with a live Twitter stream of a Round 22 game, as voted for by supporters.

In what will be a first in rugby worldwide, the RFU Championship, the second tier of English professional rugby, will stream a game live on Twitter during the final weekend of league fixtures on Saturday, April 20, in association with The Rugby Paper. Continuing to bring supporters closer to the action, which game is streamed live through the social networking site will be chosen by public vote. That’s right! We’re giving you the opportunity to decide.

The final weekend of games offers up some fascinating encounters, with Newcastle – already guaranteed a place in the semi-finals – hoping to end the league stage without dropping a match, in-form Nottingham facing a tough away trip to Leeds Carnegie, and Cornish Pirates seeing off the league stage with a visit from survival hopefuls Jersey.

Live Championship streaming 

Speaking about the new initiative, RFU Head of Digital Nick Shaw commented: “This is another fantastic piece of innovation from the RFU Championship. The league offers us a real opportunity to get closer to the action and importantly, involve supporters throughout. Rather than us predict which game we think supporters will want to see, we’ve chosen to ask them directly, which is a first for the Union.

“In addition, the streaming on Twitter is a first in rugby worldwide, and in professional sport in the UK. “

So if you want to watch Doncaster Knights fight for survival against Plymouth Albion, Moseley welcome Bedford Blues to Billesley Common or Rotherham Titans battle London Scottish, simply visit www.RFU.com/FanVote and register your vote. The game with the highest number of votes will be streamed live via @RFUChampionship on Saturday, April 20.

Voting is now open and will close at midnight, Sunday, April 14. Any submissions received after this time will not be counted.  The chosen game will be announced on Monday, April 15.

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Newcastle Falcons vs. Bristol Rugby, 15:00, Kingston Park
Cornish Pirates vs. Jersey, 15:00, The Mennaye
Doncaster Knights vs. Plymouth Albion, 15:00, Castle Park
Leeds Carnegie vs. Nottingham, 15:00, Headingley
Moseley vs. Bedford Blues, 15:00, Billesley Common
Rotherham Titans vs. London Scottish, 15:00, Clifton Lane