11 Aug RUGBY TODAY: Guide to Olympic Rugby Watching
By Pat Clifton | 07.21.16
[REPRINTED FROM RUGBY TODAY]
The full listing of Olympic coverage has been revealed, so we know now which rugby matches will be show when and on which channels. All of Team USA’s men’s and women’s pool games will be shown live on television, and every single match in both competitions will be streamed live online.
It’s important to remember these listings are all subject to change. If Team USA finds itself in the semifinals or medal matches, those games could be bumped to higher profile channels.
Television coverage of the women’s tournament begins Saturday Aug. 6 at 12 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, when USA takes on Fiji. The American women are in Pool A, and all of their group’s matches will be aired live on television via NBCSN, CNBC and USA, but no other women’s pool matches will be.
Only two of the women’s quarterfinals will be aired live on TV. Should Team USA win its group, its quarterfinal will be on NBCSN at 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday Aug. 7. If the Eagles finish as the second-best third-place team after the group stage, they’ll play in that same game. If they finish second in their pool, their quarterfinal isn’t currently planned to be aired live on television. Both of the women’s semifinals and medal matches will air live.
The men’s competition will see the first two rounds of pool matches show live on television via the same channels as the women’s tournament, and both of the final matches from Team USA’s pool. All four men’s quarterfinals will be on TV, as well. Team USA’s first match against Argentina at noon ET on Tuesday Aug. 9 will be on NBCSN. The Eagles’ second pool game against Brazil at 5:00 p.m. ET that day will be on CNBC. Their final pool match Wednesday Aug. 10 at 12:30 p.m. ET against Fiji will be on USA.
Should either the men or the women be relegated to any of the consolation playoffs instead of the quarterfinals, semifinals or medal rounds, their matches are not currently scheduled to be televised.
|Women||Sat. 8/6||12:00 p.m.||USA vs. Fiji||NBCSN|
|Women||Sat. 8/6||12:30 p.m.||Australia vs. Colombia||NBCSN|
|Women||Sat. 8/6||5:00 p.m.||USA vs. Colombia||CNBC|
|Women||Sat. 8/6||5:30 p.m.||Australia vs. Fiji||CNBC|
|Women||Sun. 8/7||12:00 p.m.||Fiji vs. Colombia||USA|
|Women||Sun. 8/7||12:30 p.m.||USA vs. Australia||USA|
|Women||Sun. 8/7||4:00 p.m.||1st Pool A vs. 2nd Best 3rd||NBCSN|
|Women||Sun. 8/7||4:30 p.m.||2nd Pool C vs. 2nd Pool B||NBCSN|
|Women||Mon. 8/8||1:30 p.m.||Semifinals||NBCSN|
|Women||Mon. 8/8||2:00 p.m.||Semifinals||NBCSN|
|Women||Mon. 8/8||5:30 p.m.||Bronze Medal Match||CNBC|
|Women||Mon. 8/8||6:00 p.m.||Gold Medal Match||CNBC|
|Men||Tues. 8/9||10:00 a.m.||Australia vs. France||NBCSN|
|Men||Tues. 8/9||10:30 a.m.||South Africa vs. Spain||NBCSN|
|Men||Tues. 8/9||11:00 a.m.||Great Britain vs. Kenya||NBCSN|
|Men||Tues. 8/9||11:30 a.m.||New Zealand vs. Japan||NBCSN|
|Men||Tues. 8/9||12:00 p.m.||USA vs. Argentina||NBCSN|
|Men||Tues. 8/9||12:30 p.m.||Fiji vs. Brazil||NBCSN|
|Men||Tues. 8/9||3:00 p.m.||Australia vs. Spain||USA|
|Men||Tues. 8/9||3:30 p.m.||South Africa vs. France||USA|
|Men||Tues. 8/9||4:00 p.m.||Great Britain vs. Japan||USA|
|Men||Tues. 8/9||4:30 p.m.||New Zealand vs. Kenya||USA|
|Men||Tues. 8/9||5:00 p.m.||USA vs. Brazil||CNBC|
|Men||Tues. 8/9||5:30 p.m.||Fiji vs. Argentina||CNBC|
|Men||Wed. 8/10||12:00 p.m.||Argentina vs. Brazil||USA|
|Men||Wed. 8/10||12:30 p.m.||Fiji vs. USA||USA|
|Men||Wed. 8/10||4:00 p.m.||1st Pool A vs. 2nd Best 3rd||USA|
|Men||Wed. 8/10||4:30 p.m.||2nd Pool C vs. 2nd Pool B||USA|
|Men||Wed. 8/10||5:00 p.m.||1st Pool C vs. 2nd Pool A||CNBC|
|Men||Wed. 8/10||5:30 p.m.||1st Pool B vs. Best 3rd||CNBC|
|Men||Thur. 8/11||1:30 p.m.||Semifinals||NBCSN|
|Men||Thur. 8/11||2:00 p.m.||Semifinals||NBCSN|
|Men||Thur. 8/11||5:30 p.m.||Bronze Medal Match||NBCSN|
|Men||Thur. 8/11||6:00 p.m.||Gold Medal Match||NBCSN|