Beauden Barrett Spark Sport hails live stream ‘success’ as thousands watch All Blacks squad naming

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The All Blacks’ 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The buzz surrounding the Rugby World Cup is getting louder, with the naming of the All Blacks’ 31-man squad on Wednesday.

A Spark Sport spokesperson toldStuffthere were “thousands of concurrent streams” for the first official stream of the event.

“All our performance measures were working as expected,” the spokesperson said. “The feedback we’re receiving through our channels is really positive.”

They said the quality of the stream – which saw Ardie Savea, Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga among those to make the cut – was “beautiful”.

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Beauden Barrett Jordie Barrett, Beauden Barrett, Sam Whitelock and Kieran Read were among those named in the All Blacks' 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup.

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Jordie Barrett, Beauden Barrett, Sam Whitelock and Kieran Read were among those named in the All Blacks’ 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup.

The success of the first official Rugby World Cup live stream was a good indication of the upcoming coverage, though some were still experiencing issues.

“Our key message to New Zealanders is to encourage people to get ready to stream now, when the pressure is off. We don’t want anyone to be trying to work out why their in home set up isn’t working right before the first RWC match kicks off,” the spokesperson said.

Spark Sport and Sky teamed up to air the Rugby World Cup, offering customers a premium paid option and the ability to watch select games on free-to-air channels.

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