AUSTRALIAN commentator Jason Costigan will broadcast the European Rugby League’s Euro Championship B tournament, kicking off in Serbia today.
Fresh from his work behind the microphone last weekend when he called games on both sides of the Atlantic, Costigan will call all three fixtures in the Euro B competition which gets underway at Paracin where the host nation entertains a rebuilding Russia.
The game will be live-streamed on the European Rugby League’s Facebook page, with Costigan broadcasting it from his desktop monitor and home ‘studio’ from more than 15,000 kilometres away – just hours after watching Australia’s NRL grand final.
“I’ve been lucky enough to call an NRL grand final on TV but I’m almost as excited about this Euro B tournament opener in Serbia where the national team is ready to rock’n’roll against Russia who are on the comeback trail in international rugby league,” he said.
“I’ve spent the last 24 hours or so working on the names of the players and whilst it’s been a short preparation, I’m looking forward to the challenge of calling these players who play for love and nothing more, except the opportunity to represent their country and to get their national team promoted to Euro A.”
The man they call ‘Costo’, who called on Australia’s Fox Sports and New Zealand’s Sky TV for a decade and with previous experience in broadcasting the English Super League, only recently returned to commentating on the NRL and international rugby league.
He called an international fixture in Dublin last weekend involving the Irish Residents and the England Community Lions Under-23 team – his first since the 2010 Four Nations Final – before broadcasting the North American Rugby League’s inaugural Carolina Cup.
“It’s great to be back calling international rugby league especially with countries where our game is still developing,” said Costigan, who also called the the 2008 World Cup Final when New Zealand’s Benji Marshall, Lance Hohaia and Co produced a shock win against Australia.
“It’s especially pleasing to see some of these countries getting back on the field after the delays and disruptions caused by COVID-19. They’ve worked tirelessly to make it happen along with the European Rugby League and their partners and I can’t wait to call the action in Serbia… into all corners of the Rugby League world.”
Today’s fixture will be followed by the clash in Belgrade on Wednesday between Russia and Ukraine and capping a big week in Serbia will be the final game of the tournament on Saturday when the hosts play Ukraine in the capital.
EURO B SCHEDULE
Serbia 🇷🇸 v Russia 🇷🇺
Sunday 3rd October
Paracin City Stadium (2pm CET)
Russia 🇷🇺 v Ukraine 🇺🇦
Wednesday 6th October
FC Heroj Polet Stadium, Belgrade (1pm CET)
Serbia 🇷🇸 v Ukraine 🇺🇦
Saturday 9th October
FC Heroj Polet Stadium, Belgrade (2pm CET)