Visa International, an official sponsor of the Rugby World Cup 1999 , has teamed up with Mizuno, an official supplier of the Rugby World Cup 1999 and with the leading rugby Internet site, Planet Rugby, to offer fans a unique opportunity to put their questions to some of the world’s top rugby players during the tournament.
“For RWC ’99 we wanted to work together with Mizuno and Planet Rugby to bring the game closer to the fans,” said Tom Shepard, senior vice president of Marketing Partnerships and Sponsorships, at Visa International. “The Internet chat sessions will give fans an opportunity to really get to know their favorite players, and interact with them on a more personal level.”
In a series of 30 minute long chat sessions, held over the course of RWC ’99, select members of Mizuno’s Player Advisory Committee, will be online live at [http://www.planet-rugby.com] to answer questions and offer insight to their preparation and progress through the tournament. Fans can either chat with the players live or send their questions to the players ahead of time and have them answered on the day of that player’s chat session.
The scheduled chat sessions at [http://www.planet-rugby.com] include:
October 11 — Allan Bateman, Wales
October 12 — Dion O’Cunneagain, Ireland
October 13 — Mark Andrews, South Africa
October 14 — Kenny Logan, Scotland
October 15 — Garin Jenkins, Wales
October 18 — Richard Cockerill, England
October 21 — Pieter Muller, South Africa
Starting time for the chat sessions will be listed on Planet Rugby.
In addition to the Rugby Chat Sessions, Visa has teamed with the Sunday Telegraph in London to create a special online overview of the tournament which can be viewed at [http://www.telegraph.co.uk].