Foxtel announced that it has signed a deal with New South Wales Waratahs and Australian Wallabies champion Israel Folau as an official sports ambassador for its extensive coverage of Rugby.
The news comes just weeks before Folau is set to take on some of the world’s greatest rugby players in the 2015 Bledisloe Cup and the Rugby Championship, which will be shown live and with no ad-breaks on Fox Sports from 18 July, concluding on Saturday the 8th of August. This includes the 2015 Rugby Championship and upcoming Rugby World Cup matches not available to Australians on Free to Air TV.
In addition to being broadcast in HD where available, the games will be shown online through Foxtel Play which is currently promoting a Free Trial Offer, as well as a chance to stream the Rugby World Cup live through the Foxtel Go app.
2015 Rugby Championship Live TV Times
Sunday July 26: South Africa v New Zealand All Blacks at 1:05 am AEST (Fox Sports 2 exclusive)
Sunday July 26: Argentina Pumas v Wallabies at 8:40 am AEST (Fox & Ten)
Saturday August 8: Wallabies v New Zealand All Blacks at 8:05 pm AEST (Fox & Ten)
Sunday August 9: South Africa v Argentina at 1:05 am AEST (Fox Sports 2 exclusive)
As the first player in history to have cracked all three of Australia’s major football codes, Israel Folau is no stranger to action on the field and knows what it takes to not just win, but win with style. Folau will bring his considerable talent to bear in a series of new marketing and promotional efforts for Foxtel, the network that will offer viewers every game of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, airing live and with no ad-breaks during the matches; starting 5:00 am 19 September (AEST) when England faces off against Fiji.
Israel Folau started his eight year career with the Melbourne Storm at the age of 17, where he broke the record for most tries in a debut season (21), won a Premiership and became the youngest player ever to represent the Australian Kangaroos. He went on to join the Brisbane Broncos in 2009, scoring 37 tries from 39 games and securing his third State of Origin series win for Queensland, before switching from Rugby League to AFL in 2011 where he played for the Greater Western Sydney Giants for two seasons.
Then in 2013 Folau made another highly publicised code-switch, joining the New South Wales Waratahs in Super Rugby, before being fast-tracked to join the national team after just 12 games. In his second season in the 15-man game Folau led the Waratahs to their first ever Super Rugby Premiership and was named Super Rugby Player of the Year, before capping an extraordinary year with the John Eales Medal for Wallabies Player of the Year. In 29 tests for Australia, Folau has scored 17 tries, sending him to 15th on the all-time try-scoring list.
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