Topic: Rugby

MAGS First XV refuses to live stream

By Raniera Harrison
  • Auckland

Two months from the beginning of the Auckland 1A First XV season, broadcasting rights have come under the spotlight.

For the second year running, Auckland schoolboy heavyweights Mt. Albert Grammar School will not be allowing the live stream of their First XV games.

Mt. Albert Grammar principal, Pat Drumm says, “There are some unintended spin-offs and expectations around the coverage.” 

The Auckland Rugby Union has live streamed games in the Auckland 1A competition for the past two years.

Drumm says, "The discussion is certainly elevated among principals as to some of the consequences. It's a solution-based discussion. It's not brick wall stuff," 

Former Auckland 1A champions, St Kentigern College, would not make comment surrounding their standing on the ruling by competitors MAGS, and whether or not they would follow suit to the same extent.

External parties have been known to solicit negotiations with schoolboys playing at this level.

The Auckland Rugby Union says it understands the delicate situation the schools are facing.

“We [Auckland Rugby Union] understand the schools have a job to do as educators to protect their students” says Ross Halpin, the unions general manager – commercial.

“It's too early to make a formal comment. We're at the 2nd March today, and the competition doesn’t start until the 7th May"

Te Kāea has been informed that a meeting will be held next week where it's hoped a solution for both sides will be reached in time for round one.  

Sports reporter, Raniera Harrison will have more details tonight.

Te Kāea, 5:30pm, only on Māori Television.

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