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Japan’s Rugby World Cup exit breaks broadcast records once more

Ryoto Nakamura of Japan is tackled by Duane Vermeulen of South Africa during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Quarter Final match at Tokyo Stadium (by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Japan bowed out of its Rugby World Cup yesterday (Sunday) by setting yet more broadcast records, while New Zealand telco Spark said its under-fire service worked efficiently throughout quarter-final weekend.

The Kyodo news agency, citing figures from ratings tracker Video Research, said public-service broadcaster NHK’s coverage of the host nation’s 26-3 defeat to South Africa pulled in an average share of 41.6 per cent in the Kanto greater Tokyo area, reaching a peak of 49.1 per cent.

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