RadioandMusic
| 14 Dec 2019
Rugby World Cup 2015 on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website

MUMBAI: Former All-Black fly-half Andrew Mehrtens joins the Radio 5 live team alongside former New Zealand team mate Justin Marshall and the most-capped Australian full-back, Matt Burke. They join an expert line-up led by World Cup winner Matt Dawson along with former internationals Jonathan Davies, Paul Grayson, Gavin Hastings, Dennis Hickie, Rob Jones, John Kirwan and Ugo Monye.

BBC, Head of Radio Sport, Richard Burgess, said, “I'm really excited about the breadth of our radio and online content from the Rugby World Cup - encompassing all the stories, discussion and interviews plus of course the brilliant 5 live commentaries. Our line-up, led by correspondent Ian Robertson, will bring unparalleled expertise and insight to audiences throughout every day of the tournament, breaking the latest news and capturing all the action of what promises to be a great World Cup.”

Audiences will not miss a moment as Radio 5 live bring live commentary from every home nations game, every Australia, New Zealand and South Africa game plus other key matches. There will also be regular live updates from all other games.

Mark Pougatch and Sonja McLaughlan will present 5 live’s coverage of the six-week long event while legendary commentator Ian Robertson, famous for his delivery of England’s World Cup triumph in 2003, leads 5 live’s expert commentary team. Also on commentary duties will be Alastair Eykyn, Sara Orchard, Chris Jones, Andrew Cotter, Gareth Lewis and Iain Carter.

BBC Sport’s comprehensive digital coverage of this year’s Rugby World Cup will include live 5 live and text commentary plus all the latest news, reports and analysis available via the BBC Sport website and on the BBC Sport app.

Fans can also keep up to date with all the action by signing up to the new rugby alerts service available on the BBC Sport app. This new feature provides the latest line-ups, match starts, score updates and half-time and full-time scores from all the Rugby World Cup’s competing teams.

Online analysis comes from the BBC’s expert line-up with an insider’s view from former England centre Jeremy Guscott in his exclusive BBC Sport column.

Audiences will be encouraged to follow and share their views on BBC Sport’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts using #bbcrugby

In addition to live commentary, Radio 5 live will also preview all the forthcoming action as Matt Dawson presents Matt Dawson’s Rugby Show. Earlier in the week, Mark Chapman will look back on the previous weekend’s drama in Monday Night Rugby Club. Both programmes see Matt and Mark joined by special guests to dissect and discuss the Rugby World Cup news happening on and off the field.

A special Rugby World Cup preview show, presented by Mark Chapman will look ahead to what will be the eighth Rugby World Cup. This will be simulcast live on BBC Red Button and Radio 5 live from 2000 on Thursday 17 September.

Outside of the sport coverage 5 live will also be delivering the latest news and stories from the Rugby World Cup as reporter Chris Warburton travels the length and breadth of the UK, meeting fans and bringing the colour and atmosphere from the regions.

5 live Breakfast will be live from Twickenham on the morning of opening day as Rachel Burden builds the excitement from 0700, Friday 18 September. Later in the afternoon Tony Livesey presents 5 live Drive, from 1600 live at the famous stadium counting down the final few hours before the Rugby World Cup 2015 begins.

On the days that home nations games take place, selected 5 live daytime programming such as 5 live Breakfast, Afternoon Edition or 5 live Drive will be live from the stadium soaking up the atmosphere of the day.

BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Scotland, and BBC Radio Ulster will also offer live commentary of all their nation’s games while BBC Local Radio will bring its listeners news, reports and information on all matches as they take place around England.