Brodie Retallick The highs and lows of Spark Sport’s Rugby World Cup

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OPINION:Spark Sport analyst Jon Preston loves rugby, even when it turns cruel.

He relishes its patterns and chess moves so much that even when he delivered a devastating analysis of how England were sucking in the All Blacks to target No 10 Richie Mo’unga, he did it with a smile on his face.

That’s Spark Sport’s Rugby World Cup coverage in a nutshell – although there were bits that were uncomfortable (the technology issues), there was a crispness and freshness about the package that kept you coming back to the app.

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This is certainly not a Sky-bashing piece. There were times during the coverage when thoughts turned to Justin Marshall and Jeff Wilson, and the Kristie Stanway-ledBig in Japanshow on Sky did a fine job throughout the Cup with its ability to rope in guests such as Robbie Deans,

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