Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 19-08-2011

New Zealand's TV3 has announced its Rugby World Cup coverage, with the tournament due to kick off on 9 September in Auckland.

The channel, which was the official Rugby World Cup Broadcaster for New Zealand during the 2007 tournament, has assembled a team of rugby experts and broadcasting stalwarts.

3 News sports anchor Hamish McKay will be joined in the commentary box by former All Blacks, Andrew Mehrtens and Richard Loe (LIVESport).

3's match coverage will be hosted by James Gemmell, a former 3 News sports journalist and British Sky Broadcasting rugby broadcaster. He will be joined by former All Black and popular personality Josh Kronfeld.

MediaWorks TV head of sport John McDonald said: "At TV3 we live and breathe rugby. From Mike McRoberts and Hilary Barry to our wonderful receptionists, there are no All Black supporters more passionate than those in this building.

"The prospect of Mehtrens, McKay and Loe calling the big games, with the inimitable Josh Kronfeld on the sideline, plus James Gemmell, one of the most talented sports broadcasters this country has produced, adds up to must-see TV."

TV3 will broadcast delayed coverage of the opening match between New Zealand and Tonga on 9 September, as well as selected pool and quarter final games. The key quarter-finals, semi-finals, the bronze final and final will all be screened live, free-to-air, and in HD.