Broadcast RF have supplied Sky Sports with various wireless camera systems for live Rugby League fixtures for many seasons now, but this year has seen the introduction of the innovative wireless RefCam system added to the list of HD and 3D kit already supplied, just in time for the Rugby League World Cup in England and Wales this autumn.
The Super League was dominated this season by Huddersfield Giants and Warrington Wolves, who each lost only 6 of their 27 fixtures. Giant’s only edged ahead of Wolves by 1 point in the end, securing their first Super League victory in over 80 years. Of the 24 professionals named in the England squad for the Rugby League World Cup, 19 play for a top flight RFL team in the UK, including six players from both Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors..
Broadcast RF have supplied two HD radio camera systems on a long term deal for the RFL season, as well as the wireless RefCam system. Though the Ref Cam system will not be utilised at the Rugby League World Cup, this full 1080 50i High Definition head-mounted application has been used twice a week for Sky Sports’ Rugby League and can be easily adapted for other body mounted applications.
England are poised in Group A along with Australia (the tournament favourites), Fiji and Ireland, and kick off their campaign at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday 26th October. Five of the named England squad play professionally in Australia, three of which play for the South Sydney Rabbitohs – George, Sam and Tom Burgess. The fourth and oldest Burgess brother, Luke, was not selected to represent England despite his career spells at both Harlequins and Leeds Rhinos, before joining his younger siblings at South Sydney.
Broadcast RF are supplying several radio camera systems for the tournament finals which will be played at a number of venues over the five week duration, including the crunch clash between England v Australia in Cardiff on Saturday 26th October and the Final at Old Trafford on Saturday 30th November when one nation triumphs.