YouTube bring­ing live rugby to fans


NTRU Round 7 first grade ac­tion will be streamed live on YouTube to­day with commentary from Char­lie King.

The grand fi­nal re­match between South Dar­win and Palmer­ston at 5.15pm will be avail­able to watch through­out the world on NTRU’s on­line chan­nel.

It will be fol­lowed by the Swamp­dogs vs. Ca­sua­r­ina clash at 7pm.

King said it was an ini­tia­tive that would give fans the op­por­tu­nity to take a closer look at the com­pe­ti­tion and the peo­ple who make it tick.

“I think it’s a great thing they are do­ing and I con­grat­u­late them for mak­ing the ef­fort. It is re­ally is the way of the mod­ern world,” he said.

The cov­er­age will in­volve peo­ple be­hind the scenes at each club who have sto­ries to share.

“In the first few games it should be about not what hap­pens out on the field, the game is still be­ing played and that’s fine as a back­drop, but we need to meet the peo­ple who have been in­volved in this sport for such a long time,” King said.

“I’m re­ally keen to share that with them, get those peo­ple on so they can tell their story and we can talk about the game, with their com­ment on it.

“Let’s meet them and lis­ten to what they have to say. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity.”

NTRU CEO Mark Heath said it was a con­cept he planned to con­tinue in the fu­ture.

“James de Das­sel (Souths Pres­i­dent) has spo­ken to me about it and we’ve agreed to trial it and see how it goes. If it’s vi­able for us, we will try and do it next year on a more reg­u­lar scale,” he said.

“It’s some­thing that give us a broader scope to get out to the sup­port­ers of the clubs that are not only here in Dar­win, but around the rest of Aus­tralia.

“Char­lie used to call the matches back for us when then ABC used to do a Satur­day after­noon live stream. It’s some­thing to move the sport fur­ther for­ward. We’ve got to try as many av­enues as we can.” Fans can tune in by go­ing to user/ntrug­byu­nion.

On Rugby Park 2, Dar­win Dragons face Uni­ver­sity in a top four clash that shapes as a close con­test. Both sides en­ter the fix­ture on the back of con­vinc­ing wins against Swamp­dogs and Palmer­ston re­spec­tively.

Pic­ture: HE­LEN ORR

South Dar­win player Ian Aol­loso will hop­ing to turn out for his side when their match is streamed live on YouTube to­day

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