While Round 1 of Queensland Premier Rugby’s Hospital Challenge Cup has been postponed until to May 2 at earliest, there will be a whole new method for fans to get their club Rugby fix this afternoon.
Working with Rob Matthews and his team at DoubleTake Sports, who broadcast the competition, this afternoon will see the launch of ‘Hospital Challenge Cup V brought to you by All Sports Physiotherapy’, an e-sports inspired version of the competition.
DoubleTake Sports have taken the popular PlayStation game - Rugby Nations 3 - and digitally built all nine Queensland Premier Rugby teams and their respective club colours into the game.
The Virtual Round 1 will kick off at 3.20pm this afternoon, mirroring what would have been Round 1 of the 2020 season, with back-to-back games broadcast on redsrugby.com.au, qld.rugby and rugby.com.au:
All games will last 20 mins and regular Premier Rugby commentator Jaybor Staunton will provide his unique style of commentary.
Each club will be represented by an actual player from each club:
GAME 1: University of Queensland (Nick Dawes) v GPS (Sunia Finefeuaiki)
The ‘e-sport’ concept is something that has taken off in other sporting markets such as NBA, NFL, La Liga, Supercars, Formula One and Major League Rugby in the United States has announced they will finish their season through e-sports.
GAME 2: Bond University (Connor Pritchard) v Souths (Theo Fourie)
GAME 3: Norths (Nick Chapman) v Eli Pilz (Easts)
GAME 4: Wests (Will Dearden) v Sunnybank (Adam Hayes)
While the stream will appear on the Qld.Rugby website, YouTube and Facebook, it will also be carried through gaming streaming network Twitch, which has experienced significant growth since the outbreak of COVID 19.