via press release:
2011 IRB RUGBY WORLD CUP, SUNDAY, 1 PM ET
NBC Sports presents HD coverage of the IRB Rugby World Cup, USA vs. Ireland, on Sunday from New Plymouth, New Zealand from 1-4 p.m. ET.
The USA Eagles (ranked 18) will take on Ireland (8) in the second match of the Rugby World Cup. Both teams are in Pool C, regarded as one of the more difficult pools because it includes powerhouse Australia.
Coverage will feature a studio pre-game show, halftime and post-game shows, as well as several other production enhancements. The studio team will consist of NBC commentators Fred Roggin and Bill Seward alongside former USA Rugby Captain and Universal Sports analyst Brian Hightower.
NBC will also broadcast two matches in October including New Zealand vs. Canada on Sunday, October 2 from 3-6 p.m. ET, and the World Cup final on Sunday, October 23 from 3-6 p.m. ET.