An official release informs that this is the biggest tournament
website ever undertaken by RWC. It will be covered in three languages
– English, French and Spanish.
Around 21 editors will be working from 8 am to midnight daily during
the tournament. The site takes information feeds from the official
scorers, providing real time information, scores and player statistics
during each game. Other features of the Rugby World Cup 2003 website
include links to audiovisual content, including live match audio
and video highlights.
The site will have news and features, match coverage with live
text commentary, live stats. Another offering is the premium audio
video service. This will showcase the best action from previous
RWCs, live match audio, video highlights of every match. RWC MD
Mike Miller added, 'We have shown our commitment to spreading the
global visibility of rugby by providing our most extensive online
Tournament service ever. We couldn’t have achieved this without
the expertise of Unisys, Telstra and Microsoft, who have worked
together to make this a product of which we can all be proud. I
hope you enjoy using rugbyworldcup.com."
Software company Unisys has built the infrastructure required to
develop and host the website, managed its development to specifications
laid down by the IRB, and is providing the web hosting services.
Unisys stated that above all else the Rugby World Cup needed a web
site sitting on a resilient server, powered by resilient software,
supported by accountable services.
The company believes that it has delivered all these to the Rugby
World Cup. The end result is a service that will allow up to 100
million web site hits per day. It is impossible to predict the level
of interest and load on the site. Therefore Unisys scaled the solution
to fit, and claim to have done so on time and on budget.