Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 03-08-2011

Dubai's Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) will be broadcasting the Rugby World Cup 2011 to viewers in the Middle East and North Africa in September, in HD.

The event, held in New Zealand, kicks off on OSN Sports 1 HD on 9 September, with the final on 23 October at Auckland’s Eden Park Stadium.

OSN's team of presenters for the tournament includes British sports broadcaster Jim Rosenthal, who will anchor the coverage. He will be joined by former rugby players including Jeremy Guscott, Scott Gibbs, Joost van der Westhuizen and Jonathan Davis.

OSN’s head of sport Andy Warkman said: “OSN first brought rugby to the region and we are thrilled to again be showcasing the Rugby World Cup, this time in stunning HD. We are proud of the world class team we have put together, who will share their considerable experience and passion for the game with our audience; the team is very excited and can’t wait to get started. Rugby World Cup 2011 is a key part of OSN’s commitment to showcase the very best high quality live sport and to grow the sport of rugby across the Middle East; it’s going to be a fantastic six weeks.”

OSN will be exclusively broadcasting the Tri-Nations and Rugby World Cup 2011 warm-up matches through to 27 August before the start of the Rugby World Cup.