Rugby World Cup on a budget

Written by Your Future Now

Being TV-less during an event like the Rugby World Cup (RWC) can be devastating, especially if you are a die-hard rugby fan. Just because you can’t afford a television or an expensive monthly television subscription, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. Following a rocky start, South Africa reached the quarter-finals of the RWC after beating USA on Wednesday night. We were a bit hesitant to post this article after that opening match. We didn’t see it coming either. Your Future Now takes a look at the various, easy on the wallet options rugby fans have if they want to stay updated on the latest RWC news straight from the UK.

Fan Zones

ABSA Boktowns offer the perfect environment for getting into the RWC vibe. There are 12 Boktowns set up throughout the country. Springbok supporters can enjoy watching the matches on huge screens while cheering on the Boks along with their fellow countrymen. Getting into the Boktowns are affordable (some even offer free entrance) and probably offer the best atmosphere and entertainment for the entire family or a group of friends. If you are looking for gees, this is the place to be. You can visit the Boktown website to find your nearest venue.

Social Spots

There are various local social spots that will be broadcasting the rugby world cup matches.  These establishments do not normally charge an entrance free and luckily, most of them have special promotions during the RWC. Be on the lookout for promos at franchises like Beerhouse, Keg, Slug & Lettuce and Hogshead. Capetonians can find RWC hotspots here and those from Jozi can find a nearby venue from this list. If you are like me and good food is very high on your priority list, check out Eat Out’s list of RWC hotspots for foodies.

Family and Friends

A rugby world cup is a good time as any (if not the best time) to spend some quality time with family and friends. Find someone in your circle who owns a television to get access to the world cup matches. Take turns in hosting and invite all your rugby-loving friends over.  It is no longer frowned upon to ask guests to bring their own food and drinks. If it is your turn to host, ask each guest bring a different snack and you’ll end up with the ultimate rugby watching platter.

Radio

You will never miss a minute of the rugby world cup with live commentary of the rugby matches on three of SABC’s radio stations. Commentary is available on Radio2000 (English), RSG (Afrikaans) and Umhlobo Wenene FM (Xhosa). Whether you are at work or traffic is slow on your way to watch the game somewhere, this seemingly old-fashioned platform is still popular in South Africa and will not cost you anything.

Social Media

Social media is a great platform to stay up to date on the latest rugby action if you are stuck at work. To get the latest info on live scores and match results, there are certain social media accounts you can follow to get all the breaking news. Follow the official RWC Twitter account  for live scoring, match summaries and all RWC related news.  You can also like this page’s counterpart if Facebook is more your thing. If you prefer to get your RWC news with a patriotic feel to it, follow Sprinkboks Rugby on Twitter or like the Springbok Rugby Facebook page.

The Springboks are set to play the runner-up of Pool A in their quarter-final match, which can either be Wales or the Wallabies. All quarter-final matches are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays, so hopefully you can catch all the games on one of these platforms after reading our article. For a full list of upcoming fixtures, visit the RWC website to make sure you don’t miss a single moment.

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