Sky Sport adds more talent to the bench
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•    Tabai Matson joins the Sky Sport team
•    The former player and coach will add a fresh perspective to Sky’s rugby coverage

Sky Sport is delighted to confirm Tabai Matson will be joining the crew ahead of the third Bledisloe and first Tri-Nations match in Sydney this weekend. 

Brian Hitchcock, Sky’s Head of Production says, “We’re committed to keeping our coverage for all sport fresh and insightful. The perspective Tabai will bring to the game is unique and we’re pretty stoked he’ll be joining the team to share his in-depth analysis this weekend for the Tri-Nations. 
“As a former premier player and a member of the coaching staff for the Crusaders and Chiefs (and more), he knows just what it takes to motivate players ahead of a major match.  There’s nothing quite like test rugby – so we’ll be excited to hear what he has to say about the upcoming bout between the Wallabies and All Blacks.”

Matson has an impressive rugby resumé kicking off at senior level with Canterbury at a provincial level followed by the Crusaders in Super Rugby. He earned an All Blacks jersey in 1995/96 and then went on to play two matches for Fiji at the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

“My playing career was really exciting and rewarding but I’ve also been privileged to coach Canterbury to victory in the ITM Cup, be part of the coaching crew for the Crusaders, Chiefs and Māori All Blacks. I'm especially proud to have been coach for Fiji; taking them to two World Cups. My career has taken me all over the world – but now I’m home and looking for opportunities to try something different.”

Matson says, “The Sky Sport team has been really welcoming and while I won’t be sideline in Sydney on Saturday night, Goldie and I will have a box seat in the Sky Studio to offer a Kiwi perspective and analysis in real time.”

Sky Sport’s coverage of the opening match of the Tri-Nations (and part three of the Bledisloe Cup) commences 9 pm, Saturday on Sky Sport 1 and will stream live on Sky Go and Sky Sport Now.  The match will also have te reo commentary, closed captions for the hearing impaired and the ACC will supply their uniquely humorous view (yellow button on your Sky remote).