Hard News by Russell Brown

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Media7: Covering the Coverage

This week's Media7 topic -- the Rugby World Cup and the media -- relates to my somewhat agitated post yesterday, but will range more widely and be blessed with a killer discussion panel. That panel being …

Tracey Nelson: By day, a bug scientist -- by night, the author of the real rugby aficionado's measure of player work rate: "first three to the breakdown". She developed her game statistics at Haka.co.nz, became the live stats geek for radio commentaries from AMI Stadium and is now writing the New Zealand Herald's The Stats Don't Don't Lie feature for the Rugby World Cup. She knows more about rugby than you do.

Greg McGee: All Black trialist, writer of Foreskin's Lament and Rugby World Cup columnist for Le Monde. He is also a woman called Alix Bosco who writes thrillers, but that's not important right now.

Finlay Macdonald: Former editor of The Listener and the writer of The Game of Our Lives, a social history of rugby in New Zealand. Quite clever, just quietly.

We'll take a classic news-then-sport format; talking about news coverage -- and there really have been some odd news stories in this first week and a half -- and then the coverage of the rugby itself. By general acclaim the actual play has been very good -- so how about the commentary?

Feel free to share your impressions here. If you'd like to join us for the recording tomorrow evening, we'll need you to come to the Victoria Street entrance of TVNZ some time between 5.15 and 5.40pm. As ever, try and drop me an email to let me know you're coming.

Otherwise, we'll be on air at 9.05pm Thursday. Chur.

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