OSN’s world class team brings viewers coverage of every match from the OSN Rugby Studios in Dubai and Live from the pitch in Australia marking a regional first;
All the action in stunning high definition on OSN Sports 1 HD
Dubai, UAE; May 26, 2013: This June, OSN brings viewers in the Middle East and North Africa unprecedented live and exclusive coverage of The British and Irish Lions Tour to Australia 2013 in stunning high definition on OSN Sports 1 HD.
The historic 125th year Anniversary Lions Tour, comprising of the best players from Wales, Ireland, England and Scotland, will kick off exclusively on OSN Sports 1 HD with the first match against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on June 1, 2013.
OSN will then follow the Lions through the rest of their tour in Australia, where they will play six games against provincial and Super Rugby teams, in addition to three test matches against Australia, culminating with the third and final test against the Qantas Wallabies in Sydney on July 6.
Covering every match of the tour, OSN’s award winning team will bring viewers coverage of the Tour matches from the OSN Rugby Studios in Dubai Media City and for the 3 test matches the team will be in Australia pitch side at the stadiums, taking viewers even closer to the action. This marks the first time a regional broadcaster will broadcast live from inside a rugby stadium
Andy Warkman, Vice President Sports and Production at OSN said: “OSN was the first to bring rugby to the region and we are marking another significant statement with OSN’s first live broadcast from inside a rugby stadium, further reinforcing our on-going commitment to the game and our viewers. We look forward to sharing the electric atmosphere of the tour as we take this exciting step for the sport in the Middle East.”
One of Britain’s leading sports presenters Jim Rosenthal will take the reins as anchor of OSN’s HD coverage. Joining Jim at the OSN Rugby Studios will be Lions Legends Jeremy Guscott and Scott Gibbs, the British and Irish Lions centre pairing from the victorious 1997 tour of South Africa, the last time the Lions have won a series.
The trio will then proceed to Australia, where they will be joined by Australian Rugby World Cup winner Michael Lynagh, who has the enviable track-record of 72 caps for Australia. Another World Cup winner Steve Thompson will be OSN’s roving reporter bringing viewers the atmosphere between Australian and Lions fans outside and inside the stadium.
“We are proud of our world class award winning team who will share their in-depth knowledge, passion and excitement of the games with our viewers. The British & Irish Lions tour is part of OSN’s commitment to showcase the very best high quality live sport and to grow the sport of rugby across the region; Lions Tours are special and it’s going to be an exciting five weeks on OSN,” added Warkman.
Join OSN for the live and exclusive coverage of ‘The British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia 2013,’ from Hong Kong and Australia exclusively on OSN SPORTS 1 HD from June 1. Viewers can also enjoy the games anytime, anywhere on OSN Play via the live streaming OSN Sports 1 channel. Join the conversation using #OSNRugby and get full schedule details at osn.com/Lions.
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