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Alternative Rugby Commentary is back for 2008

May 19, 2008


Alternative Rugby Commentary is back for 2008


The Alternative Rugby Commentary is back, on the ball and full of all the clichés, calls and controversy you won't hear in your average rugby commentary.

Alternative Rugby today announced its schedule for the 2008 season, featuring balls by balls commentary with bite, headed by Jed Thian.

Kicking off with the final of the Rugby Super 14 competition, Alternative Rugby presents 16 game calls live from Wellington's Loaded Hog for the New Zealand domestic test season and from around the world. Ten games will be called from the Loaded Hog, with the remaining six called 'on the road' from Hong Kong and London. Please check the attached information for the full schedule.

The Alternative Rugby Commentary is a fresh, frank and funny look at footy. The Alternative Rugby Commentary merciless in its mirth over whatever suckers happen to be playing New Zealand; a no-holds-barred appraisal of the local teams and players – what we really want to know, like who ate all the pies and what a monumental cock-up the All Blacks 'strength and conditioning' regime was.

Through the wonders of modern technology the Alternative Rugby Commentary is simulcast on the world wide web at www.arcrugby.co.nz, available for real sports fans all over the world who want sports commentary with real balls.

Jed 'Jedi' Thian is the almighty mouth from the south with more bounce to the ounce when it comes to cutting edge rugby commentary.

With growing fame all over the world as the driving force behind Alternative Rugby Commentary, Thian has been in the hot seat since 2005, bringing his unique brand of bombastic bluster and acerbic verbal jousting to the staid world of sport commentary. Australia has Roy & HG to skewer its sports stars; Aotearoa turns to the almighty Jedi to cut through the publicity pap and deliver a truly Kiwi take on the big games.

This is what no-less an authority on world affairs as the BBC had to say about Thian when he blew through the United Kingdom commentating from London's The Clapham Grande at the Rugby World Cup 2007:

"He is the kind-of New Zealand Roy & HG, an absolute cultural icon. Apparently over there… in New Zealand they turn the TV commentary down and go to Jed's website www.arcrugby.co.nz and they listen to him basically abusing everybody right, left and centre."
John Inverdale, September 8th 2007, BBC 5 Live Rugby World Cup Special

The 2008 Alternative Rugby Commentary: All the balls you need. www.arcrugby.co.nz

Commentary Schedule
(all times New Zealand local)

Rugby Super 14 Final
May 31, time, teams and venue TBC
ARC: The Loaded Hog, Wellington Waterfront

Iveco Series – New Zealand vs Ireland
June 7, 7.35pm: Wellington
ARC: The Loaded Hog, Wellington Waterfront

Iveco Series – New Zealand vs England
June 14, 7.35pm: Auckland
ARC: The Loaded Hog, Wellington Waterfront

Iveco Series – New Zealand vs England
June 21, 7.35pm: Christchurch
ARC: The Loaded Hog, Wellington Waterfront

2008 Philips Tri Nations – New Zealand vs South Africa
July 5, 7.35pm: Wellington
ARC: The Loaded Hog, Wellington Waterfront

2008 Philips Tri Nations – New Zealand vs South Africa
July 12, 7.35pm: Dunedin
ARC: The Loaded Hog, Wellington Waterfront

2008 Philips Tri Nations – New Zealand vs Australia
July 26, 10.05pm: Sydney
ARC: The Loaded Hog, Wellington Waterfront

2008 Philips Tri Nations – New Zealand vs Australia
August 2, 7.35pm: Auckland
ARC: The Loaded Hog, Wellington Waterfront

2008 Philips Tri Nations – New Zealand vs South Africa
August 17, 1am: Cape Town
ARC: The Loaded Hog, Wellington Waterfront

2008 Philips Tri Nations – New Zealand vs South Africa
September 13, 10.05pm: Brisbane
ARC: The Loaded Hog, Wellington Waterfront

New Zealand vs Australia
November 1, time TBC: Hong Kong

New Zealand vs Scotland
November 8, time TBC: Edinburgh

New Zealand vs Ireland
November 15, time TBC: Dublin

New Zealand vs Munster
November 18, time TBC: Limerick

New Zealand vs Wales
November 22, time TBC: Cardiff

New Zealand vs England
November 29, time TBC: London

ENDS

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