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New Zealanders are the first to say it’s time to go live again, after the Rugby Union World Cup drew a record 9.8 million viewers across TV, radio and social media.
Rugby Union’s live TV ratings were up a whopping 17% on the previous Rugby World Cup, which was watched by 11.4 million viewers.
The live numbers are even better than the previous World Cup due to the new format, which saw live matches streamed to a new online app for viewers.
It’s been a year since the last Rugby World Cups, which attracted 7.5 million viewers on TV, and the live ratings are up over 20% compared to the previous tournament.
The Rugby Union world cup drew 9.6 million viewers, and this was up 20% from the previous world cup in 2014.
The new live streaming platform, rugbyunionstream, also saw a 20% increase on the Rugby World cup in 2018.
This year’s World Cup was the first ever for the platform to be live streamed across all four major television networks.
It is not the first time that Rugby Union has gone live.
In 2014, Rugby Union had its live TV stream on TV in New Zealand and was the only English rugby union tournament to live stream.
The event attracted more than a million viewers in the two weeks after the World Cup began, according to ESPN.
The previous World Cups also saw live streams of the Wales and France games.
In the UK, the Rugby Championship has seen a 20-25% increase in its live streams, according for the Rugby League Network.
This year’s event will be held at Twickenham on May 20-22, and it will feature all the English rugby league fixtures live and exclusively on the BBC’s website.
More live rugby union content: The Rugby Union 2018 World Cup live stream is live on the official website of the World Rugby, and on the new BBC Sport app.
The website has been updated with the 2019 World Cup schedule and more.
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