And, in a first for television, SuperSport has interviewed each one ahead of this year’s tournament in Japan.
The first, with Francois Pienaar, will be broadcast on SuperSport tonight (Monday, 2 September 2019).
The long-form interviews lift the lid on what goes into winning a World Cup and takes in the early days of the event, in the mid-1980s, to more current insights from Richie McCaw, the last man to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, having done so in successive tournaments.
“It took some leg work, but was well worth it,” explained presenter Matthew Pearce. “Many of the stories and insights are remarkable, from David Kirk at the start to Richie McCaw.”
This is a first for an international broadcaster.
“We have produced a series of interviews with significant RWC personalities that will be of enormous value to our viewers,” Pearce added. “Importantly, they are deeply personal and reflective, as opposed to a mere look-ahead to this year’s World Cup.”
Having secured interviews with the illustrious group, SuperSport then decided to cast the net wider, leveraging off the back of Rugby Championship and similar opportunities to produce a series of interviews with other significant World Cup personalities, among them Jean de Villiers, Jake White and Sean Fitzpatrick.
Predictably, their views are never less than forthright and entertaining.
- 02-Sep-2019 – Francois Pienaar 20:00 SS1
- 03-Sep-2019 – Martin Johnson 20:00 SS1
- 04-Sep-2019 – George Gregan 20:00 SS1
- 09-Sep-2019 – Jean de Villiers 20:00 SS1
- 10-Sep-2019 – Victor Matfield 20:00 SS1
- 11-Sep-2019 – Schalk Burger 20:00 SS1
- 16-Sep-2019 – Richie McCaw: Part 1 20:00 SS1
- 17-Sep-2019 – Richie McCaw: Part 2 20:00 SS1
- 18-Sep-2019 – John Smit 20:00 SS1
- 23-Sep-2019 – David Kirk 18:30 SS1
- 24-Sep-2019 – Nick Farr-Jones 21:30 SS1
- 25-Sep-2019 – Jake White 19:30 SS1
- 30-Sep-2019 – John Eales 18:30 SS1
- 01-Oct-2019 – Joel Stransky 21:00 SS1
- 02-Oct-2019 – Eddie Jones 19:30 SS1
- 07-Oct-2019 – Steve Hansen 19:30 SS1
- 08-Oct-2019 – Bryan Habana 15:30 SS1
- 09-Oct-2019 – Tim Horan 19:30 SS1
- 14-Oct-2019 – Paul O’Connell 19:30 SS1
- 14-Oct-2019 – Bob Skinstad 20:00 SS1
- 16-Oct-2019 – Sean Fitzpatrick 19:30 SS1
- 21-Oct-2019 – Chris Paterson 23:30 SS1
- 22-Oct-2019 – Gavin Hastings 17:30 SS1
- 23-Oct-2019 – Rassie Erasmus 19:30 SS1