Australia's Nine Network has introduced Nine Extra – a “live game” companion for the iPad, which gives rugby league fans access to real-time match and player information and statistics.

It was trialled for the first time in last night’s State of Origin game in Sydney. With Nine Extra, fans can watch in-game highlights and on-demand video replays shortly after live broadcast on Nine and will be able to access multiple camera angles of each match highlight.

Nine plans to refine and expand the application of Nine Extra to more sports and other relevant programmes.

“Nine continues to give viewers the very best in sports broadcasting and Nine Extra is a testament to our commitment to the ongoing development of sports television presentation in Australia,” executive producer, Rugby League, Matthew Callander, said.

Nine Extra has iPad features including multi-camera-angle video on demand available just moments after it happens, live scores and match statistics, State of Origin match historical data, team and player profiles, live feed of Nine’s State of Origin Twitter feed, live news feeds from Nine’s commentary team and expert panel, and profiles of the Wide World of Sports rugby league broadcast team. It will also have archival vision from 2011 Harvey Norman State of Origin games one and two.

The new application will be made available as a free download from iTunes prior to the State of Origin game three, which will be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 6 July and broadcast live on Channel Nine.