Nine’s Stan plan is on the rise but Waratahs sinking fast in Super Rugby AU | Bret Harris

Nine’s Stan plan is on the rise but Waratahs sinking fast in Super Rugby AU | Bret Harris

The Guardian

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All five franchises – especially the biggest in the land – must be competitive if the free-to-air experiment is to be successful

Super Rugby AU has made a promising start with new broadcast partner Nine at the weekend, but those behind the crucial free-to-air venture must surely be hoping the on-field performance picks up.

Anchored by polished presenter Nick McArdle, Nine’s coverage of Friday’s season opener between the NSW Waratahs and traditional rivals the Queensland Reds was on point. New commentary from former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, global household name David Campese and dual international Allana Ferguson made for a refreshing change.

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