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Where to watch the Rugby World Cup in Canberra?

By johnboy - 7 September 2011 34

Having taken a look at what the asshats at Nine are calling coverage of the Rugby World Cup I’m seeing a lot of pub time in my future over the next few weeks.

Which bars around town are going to be accommodating for the rugby tragics who aren’t resident in the Fox Cave?

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Where to watch the Rugby World Cup in Canberra?
poetix 9:13 am 08 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

Waiting For Godot said :

Channel Nine is part owner of Foxtel. Foxtel is showing all the World Cup games. You have to pay Channel Nine in order to access Foxtel. Join the dots.

So much for the anti-siphoning portions of the digital TV legislation. Written by the Pay TV people (and makers of set top boxes).

This is why I’m so glad SBS does the football (soccer) World Cup. I hope they have the rights to the next one, because you actually get to see all the matches.

johnboy 9:08 am 08 Sep 11

I beg to differ! It very much is one of my favourite places!

Eppo 8:44 am 08 Sep 11

All Bar Nun are showing WC matches, including the opening ceremony. I know it’s not your favourite place JB, but maybe worth a shot.

We’ve managed to book a table for 10 on friday night in good view of the telly.

astr0b0y 8:44 am 08 Sep 11

I love the RUC. Great place to watch the games and the steak (ribeye on the bone) is one of the best I have had anywhere. I work one building away and always find the service to be awesome. Canberra hospitality staff are notoriously crap but not at the RUC that’s why we all go there. You may have gone on an off night, everybody has those 😉

EvanJames 10:50 pm 07 Sep 11

We were there mid-week, in winter! Place was practically deserted, and still it took forever for the food to come. It was ridiculous. And such a shame, as in every other way, the club suited us very well. But we haven’t been back after the second time.

Spykler 9:08 pm 07 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

Have the Ruc got their food service worked out yet? We tried them and the food was great… when it finally came. Took forever. Happened twice so we gave up.

Food is a much better than it was 5 years ago, am a semi- regular there and the time taken to get served does blow out badly if you go on a Friday..Although this is nothing compared to the frustration of trying to order a drink when 30 people are waiting and two people are serving..As a worker in the biggest building by far near the RUC, a lot of colleagues are thinking twice before wandering down for a Friday coldie..

EvanJames 4:35 pm 07 Sep 11

Waiting For Godot said :

Channel Nine is part owner of Foxtel. Foxtel is showing all the World Cup games. You have to pay Channel Nine in order to access Foxtel. Join the dots.

So much for the anti-siphoning portions of the digital TV legislation. Written by the Pay TV people (and makers of set top boxes).

Waiting For Godot 3:30 pm 07 Sep 11

aidan said :

I agree Nine’s coverage is abysmal. If only they had 3 digital channels which they fill with 30 year old re-runs that they could easily move aside and show all the games, if not live then delayed.

Channel Nine is part owner of Foxtel. Foxtel is showing all the World Cup games. You have to pay Channel Nine in order to access Foxtel. Join the dots.

EvanJames 2:12 pm 07 Sep 11

Have the Ruc got their food service worked out yet? We tried them and the food was great… when it finally came. Took forever. Happened twice so we gave up.

gertel 1:23 pm 07 Sep 11

Depending on how much you’d eat and drink during a match (the RUC ain’t cheap) – the basic sports package on Foxtel might be cheaper!

ohmygoy 12:35 pm 07 Sep 11

I know for a fact that The RUC in Barton (the ACT Rugby Union Club – 51 Blackall St) will be showing all the matches with stadium sound and will be open every Sunday for the duration of the RWC

aidan 11:57 am 07 Sep 11

Mean to say that the standout games that are being missed this weekend are (IMO)

South Africa v Wales (Sun 11th, 6.30pm)
Fiji v Namibia (Sat, 1.30pm)

The first match because it involves a potential finalist (RSA) and there might be an upset.

The second because Fiji are fantastic to watch when they are in full flight, and they rarely achieve that against the top teams who strangle their flow of possession.

Eppo 11:49 am 07 Sep 11

You’d think they could have at least popped it on Gem, instead of ‘Farmer wants a wife’.

The priority to the NRL is what has forced me over to Fox for the duration of the world cup. Free install, no contract length, just a compulsory upgrade to IQ and the ‘full package’ for your first month.

Selling the rights to 9 was an utter fail.

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aidan 11:33 am 07 Sep 11

Here is a useful list of fixtures with Aus kickoff times (and some prelim TV schedule info)

http://www.theroar.com.au/rugby-union/rugby-world-cup-fixtures/

The games from the first round being shown on Ch 9:

NZ v Tonga, Fri 9th, 9.45pm-11.44pm (delayed)
Arg v Eng, Sat 10th, 10.35pm-12.34am
Aus v Italy, Sun 11th, 1pm-3.29pm

If you’re not keen to go out and simply must see Samoa v Namibia, then ITV in the UK are doing an impressive job of coverage:

http://www.itv.com/rugbyworldcup/2011/howtowatch/

you can watch any match live and also catch up.

With an appropriate proxy like tunnelbear you should be able to see all the games.

I agree Nein’s coverage is abysmal. If only they had 3 digital channels which they fill with 30 year old re-runs that they could easily move aside and show all the games, if not live then delayed.

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