Channel 4 Rugby Commentators

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 10:42:56 AM


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Despite that piece being published at the back end of July, we have received daily feedback from viewers on how the ITV crew have been performing.

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For big tournaments you need a star name commentator calling the shots, which was the reason why ITV loaned Miles Harrison and Stuart Barnes out of their Sky contracts for the last tournament in Unfortunately for us, the main men are seemingly Martin Gillingham or Nick Mullins, who whilst perfectly capable and with a great knowledge of the game, do not offer that desired familiarity, and as a result the feedback towards them has been overwhelmingly negative.

Having said that, a commentating team is judged on the performances of both main commentator and pundit, and new to the punditry gig is former England captain Phil Vickery. Many of you on here have highlighted his lack of impartiality when it comes to England playing, but this seems to be a problem for not just Vickery, but the commentators and particularly Steve Rider.

It would have been better if ITV had put Craig Doyle in charge of the whole schedule, now that his transformation from the Holiday programme to Rugby presenter is complete following a couple of seasons of dedicated broadcasting of the Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup.

Watching Gareth Thomas sat between Lynagh and Pienaar last Sunday morning made me feel nervous for the Welshman, but he held his own.

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The disappointments have been Thom Evans and Lawrence Dallaglio, Evans not proving as confident in front of the camera as expected given his boyband past and celebrity girlfriend, whilst Dallaglio has the tendency to say a lot, but making unclear points. The natural hope is that as the tournament progresses and ITV start their coverage in New Zealand, that the whole level of analysis will rise.

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Improving the whole production would be helped though by cutting out the millions of adverts. Persistently cutting to breaks between anthems and then seemingly every seconds during the half time interval and post-match analysis leaves the show feeling disjointed and cold.

The choice to not show the opening ceremony was also a major disappointment, as ITV attempted to bundle introducing the competition and asking the pundits for their expectations at the same time as the seemingly spectacular show took place in Eden Park. Put like that, it sounds simple.

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At least for ITV, there is time to improve. Less of the information about who went to school with whose cousin, more on what is actually going on. Not for the easily offended. Definitely for those with a sense of humour.

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