With the 2011 Rugby World Cup playing out we thought it would be a good idea to mention some apps available to help Rugby fans receive all the information they require. This is the seventh Rugby World Cup, and a quadrennial international rugby union competition inaugurated in 1987. The International Rugby Board (IRB) selected New Zealand as the host country in preference to Japan and South Africa at a meeting in Dublin on 17 November 2005.
It will be the largest sporting event ever held in New Zealand and the organizers expect 95,000 visitors from overseas to travel to New Zealand for the event. The schedule of games runs over seven weeks starting on 9 September 2011. The final will be played on Sunday 23 October 2011, a date chosen because it falls on a long weekend caused by the New Zealand public holiday of Labour Day (Monday, 24 October 2011). The final is scheduled to be played in Auckland at Eden Park. After speculation that the number of participating teams would be reduced to 16, the IRB announced on 30 November 2007 that the 2011 tournament would again feature 20 teams. Twelve teams qualified because of finishing in the top three in each pool in the 2007 tournament. The remaining eight berths were determined by regional qualifying tournaments. Of the 20 countries that competed in the previous World Cup in 2007, there was only one change – Russia replaced Portugal. Here are a few apps that you might find an ideal way to keep up to date while you are at work or on the go.
Official Rugby World Cup 2011 App by International Rugby Board is a free application available at the App Store. This is a great way for Rugby fans to keep up to date with all the latest updates going on, including the RWC Daily video. Users will be able to access the Match Centre for live match coverage, including live commentary, statistics and video highlights. If you are in New Zealand, you can also view the Fan Zone section to find out what events are on near where you are right now, with helpful information on stadium locations, seating plans and facilities. This Rugby World Cup 2011 app is available English, Spanish and French to give users the best of the action and the festival in this Rugby World Cup.
Telegraph Rugby – World Cup 2011 by The Telegraph is an ideal way to follow all current news bulletins at this year’s Rugby World Cup. Available free through the iTunes App Store this application will allow you to keep up to date with your favorite team and obtain scores, line-ups, pools and events. Find out certain statistics including teams against each other and player versus player.
NZ Rugby World Cup 2011 by Zaxune is also free and accessible at the App Store. Get all the latest news, scores, images and videos on the Rugby World Cup. Find out about fixture times and venues with a daily score update and points table for you to view the standings. Access great information on world rankings and historic team details. This free app also contains extra information about some of the extraordinary places in New Zealand.
Rugby 2011 NZ World Cup Live (non-official) by Sporting Oracle Limited contains all the information rugby fans require. With live scores, pools, fixtures, schedules, player profiles, profiles of all previous World Cups and previous country seeding this is a great guide to the Rugby World Cup. For £0.69 at the App Store, this application will give users the opportunity to access information on historic head-to-head games of previous encounters. There are full wiki profiles of what happened in previous World Cups including player profiles, matches, venues and scores. Matches are displayed in your local time wherever you are in the World with a full schedule of all the games listed both by pool and by country. Find out the full team listing, all historic games played and the anthem for each team.
Rugby 2011 – The Road to Auckland – World Cup Guide by Mahango Ltd is a highly informative app. Find out scores, venues, fixtures and schedules with a full calendar of matches. Follow the Rugby World Cup to the final kick and access all the latest news. View all the matches listed with kickoff times shown in your local time zone. Find out about players performances and add the matches you want to watch to your favorites list. Set up match kickoff reminders to receive a notification before the match starts and learn about all the twenty teams participating. Available at the App Store for £0.69/$0.99 users can enter Facebook, Twitter and email sharing.
Keep up to date with all the latest news at this year’s Rugby World Cup with easy to use apps. Do you think the host nation have a good chance in this World Cup? Do you have a favorite? Make sure you know all the latest news so you can enjoy this great sporting event with all the relevant information at your fingertips.