Rugby World Cup: Free broadcast for existing StarHub sports group subscribers; Singtel to charge minimum of $68.90

New Zealand's All Blacks rugby players perform the haka before start the Rugby Championship match against Argentina's Los Pumas at Jose Amalfitani stadium in Argentina on July 20, 2019.
New Zealand's All Blacks rugby players perform the haka before start the Rugby Championship match against Argentina's Los Pumas at Jose Amalfitani stadium in Argentina on July 20, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Rugby fans who are StarHub Sports Pass and Sports Group subscribers will be able to watch the Rugby World Cup from Sept 20 to Nov 2 for free.

All 48 matches will be broadcast on the beIN Sports Rugby channel, which goes on-air on Sept 6. Fans will also be able to relive iconic tries and tackles from previous World Cups.

New customers may sign up for the Sports Entertainment Pass at $29.90, with a 24-month contract, to catch the Rugby World Cup and other top sports events.

Existing StarHub customers with three basic groups can subscribe to the Sports Group at $21.40 per month, with no contract, to follow the action.

For Singtel subscribers to access the beIN Sports Rugby channel, it will cost them $68.90 (early bird price from Aug 8-31) and $78.90 thereafter. Fans can sign up at at singtel.com/cast with a valid credit or debit card.

StarHub's vice president for home product Yann Courqueux said the telco wants to cement its position as the go-to destination for all sports-related programming.

"The Rugby World Cup 2019 is a testament of our commitment to customers; we are pulling out all the stops to deliver the programmes our customers love, to give better value with no change in prices.

"Held in Japan and closer to home, the ideal broadcast schedule sets the stage for growing local interest and we want all fans to enjoy the game, with no frills."

Customers who sign up for StarHub's Sports Entertainment Pass or Sports Group from Thursday (Aug 8) to Sept 20 stand a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip worth US$10,000 ($13,800) for two to Japan to catch a Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

The trip is sponsored by beIN Sports.

Additionally, a standalone over-the-top pack is available for those who prefer watching the Rugby World Cup on their mobile devices. The early bird price from Aug 8-31 is $68.90, and $78.90 thereafter.

Twenty nations, including defending champions New Zealand and first-time host Japan, are taking part in the tournament which will feature 48 matches over seven weeks.

Japan will take on Russia at the Tokyo Stadium in the opening match on Sept 20, while the final will be held at the Yokohama Stadium on Nov 2.

Three-time winners New Zealand are the most successful team in Rugby World Cup history, while Australia and South Africa have lifted the Webb Ellis Cup twice each.

Contested once every four years, the Rugby World Cup is billed as the third largest sporting event in the world after the summer Olympics and the football World Cup.

Singtel Consumer Singapore chief executive Yuen Kuan Moon said: "This is for everyone who loves the game of rugby. With Japan only an hour ahead of Singapore, the tournament is in the perfect time zone for fans to enjoy the matches without losing any sleep.

"Whether they are out and about or in front of the TV, they'll be able to take in every tackle and try on CAST and Singtel TV."