Rugby World Cup: Three, Spark Sport name star-studded broadcast team for NZ tournament

Newshub's Bernadine Oliver-Kerby and Narelle Sindos - along with rugby commentator Scotty Stevenson - have been named as co-hosts for Spark Sport and Three's coverage of the Rugby World Cup for women over October/November.

New Zealand will host the 12-team tournament, beginning October 8, with a tripleheader at Auckland's Eden Park, highlighted by the Black Ferns v Australia pool clash.

"We hope that rugby fans around Aotearoa will seize the opportunity to watch rugby's pinnacle event and support the Black Ferns through the broad range of viewing options available to them, as well as attracting and welcoming new supporters to the game," said Warner Brothers Discovery ANZ senior content director Juliet Peterson.

"We want to offer all New Zealanders the opportunity to engage with those key sporting moments that have a unique ability to unite people across all communities."

Three is Spark Sports' free-to-air partner for the Rugby World Cup.

"We're delighted to announce a line-up of exceptionally talented sports broadcasters, who we know will provide a great deal of knowledge and expertise, as they delve into the action as it happens," said Spark Sport head Jeff Latch.

"Our aim is to make many of these players household names, as women's rugby takes over the nation for six weekends across October and November."

Black Ferns Kristina Sue and Lesley Ketu (now Elder) celebrate their 2017 World Cup triumph
Black Ferns Kristina Sue and Lesley Ketu (now Elder) celebrate their 2017 World Cup triumph. Photo credit: Photosport

Stevenson and Oliver-Kerby bring more than three decades of rugby reporting and commentary experience, while Sindos has travelled to Doha for the All Whites' Football World Cup qualifier and was part of the Newshub coverage team at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Former players Kristina Sue and Sene Naoupu will provide expert commentary. Sue is a four-code NZ representative and was part of the Black Ferns team that won the 2017 World Cup, while Dunedin-born Naoupu played 48 times for Ireland, and sits on the World Rugby women's advisory council.

Entertainment personalities Brodie Kane and Urzila Carlson will act as roving reporters, while the World Rugby commentary team feature Rikki Swannell, Honey Hireme-Smiler, Melodie Robinson and Rachael Burford. 

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