Hong Kong Sevens: Where can you watch on TV?

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 20 March 2013
 Hong Kong Sevens: Where can you watch on TV?
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This weekend round 6 of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Hong Kong on 22-24 March will break broadcast records for an individual Rugby Sevens event.

The International Rugby Board has announced that the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on 22-24 March will be aired live by 23 broadcasters in 144 countries, a new record for a single round of the Series, outstripping the previous highest in Dubai earlier this season.

Nineteen nations have competed so far on the 2012/13 Series with a further nine to take the stage in Hong Kong, where a 12-team pre-qualifying competition takes place alongside the main 16-team draw, increasing the number of key matches and the appeal for broadcasters.

In the host territory, Fox Asia (previously ESPN Star) will broadcast live action throughout the region, while OSN also goes out across the Middle East; in the Americas NBC will broadcast action in the USA and Rogers Sports Net in Canada, while ESPN serves South America and Bandsport specifically Brazil; SKY Sports will air live action in the UK and Supersport will take pictures throughout Africa, while in Oceania Sky NZ will broadcast uninterrupted in New Zealand and other takers will serve the likes of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands.

So far this season there has been a 10% overall increase in live broadcasters and a 5% increase in live audience, with a further 16 broadcasters either taking coverage delayed-live or showing the official ‘IRB Sevens World’ highlights programme.

So where in the world can you watch the action from the famous Hong Kong Stadium on 22-24 March?

TV distribution – Round 6, HSBC Sevens World Series, Hong Kong


Country / Territory Broadcaster Notes
Africa (pan-Africa)
See 'South Africa'
American Samoa PCS Live all matches 1-70
Australia Fox Australia Live day 3
Brazil Band Sport Live matches 8-9, 15-16, 30, 43-46, 55-56, 63-70
Canada Rogers Sports Net Delayed live matches 63-70, plus
‘IRB Sevens World’ highlights show
Cayman Islands Lime TV ‘IRB Sevens World’ highlights show
Cook Islands Cook Islands TV Live all matches
Croatia CRU 'IRB Sevens World' highlights show
Eire (Ireland) TG4 ‘IRB Sevens World’ highlights show
Ex-Yugoslavia Sportklub Live Matches 66-70
Fiji Fiji TV Live all matches, plus
'IRB Sevens World' highlights show
France Ma Chaine Sports Live matches 61-70, plus
‘IRB Sevens World’ highlights show
Hong Kong TVB *Host Broadcaster
Fri: showing one hour highlights
Sat: Live from the start to 1920 HKT
Sun: Live from the start to 1930 HKT, plus showing ‘IRB Sevens World’ highlights show
Israel Ananey 'IRB Sevens World' highlights show
Japan JSports 'IRB Sevens World' highlights show
Latin America ESPN Sur Live matches 11-14, 19-23, 35-42, 66-70, plus 'IRB Sevens World' highlights show
Mexico TDN Live matches 1, 22, 29, plus
Live day 3
Middle East Dubai Sports Channel Delayed live matches 63-70 (terrestrial
and satellite channel)
Middle East OSN Live days 2 and 3, plus
‘IRB Sevens World’ highlights show
New Zealand Sky NZ All matches live, plus
'IRB Sevens World' highlights show
Niue Niue Broadcasting Live all matches
Pan Asia Fox Sports Asia Live matches 30-42, 60-70, plus
‘IRB Sevens World’ highlights show
Pan India, Pakistan Taj Sports (Ten) 'IRB Sevens World' highlights show
PNG PNG Live all matches
Poland Sportklub Live matches 66-70
Portugal Sport TV Live matches 4-7, 26-35, plus
Live Portugal matches on days 2 and 3
Live matches 66-70, plus
‘IRB Sevens World’ highlights show
Samoa Samoa BC All matches live 1-70, plus
‘IRB Sevens World’ highlights show
Solomon Islands Solomon Telekom Live all matches
South Africa &
Pan Africa
MNET + Supersport Live all matches, plus
'IRB Sevens World' highlights show
Spain Canal +
‘IRB Sevens World’ highlights show
Spain Rugby Union
Live for web all Spain matches + 63-70
Tonga Digicel Live all matches
UK Sky Sports Live all three days, plus
'IRB Sevens World' highlights show
USA NBC & NBC Universal Live day 3
Wales S4C 'IRB Sevens World' highlights show

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Round 6
27-29 March 2015
Venue: Hong Kong Stadium
City: Hong Kong
Capacity: 40,000

Pool A
Pool B
Pool C
Pool D
  • DJ Forbes, NZ
  • Tom Mitchell of England
  • NZ win HK Sevens