Springboks v Italy match to be broadcast into space

Tokyo – The Rugby World Cup will have its first extra-terrestrial broadcast when South Africa’s game against Italy is beamed to the International Space Station – 408 kilometres (253 miles) above Japan, organisers said on Thursday.


Governing body World Rugby is providing a special feed of Friday’s game for Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, a big rugby fan who this week took charge of the space station.


Rugby is a fantastic game that celebrates friendship and teamwork,” the European Space Agency astronaut said in a statement.

Just like you have to work together to achieve a try, we on board the International Space Station have to collaborate with a team of astronauts and ground personnel from all over the world in order to achieve our objective, our ‘try’, which is space exploration, technology and science.”


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