Wednesday, 25 September 2019 11:46

New Amazon app for Wallabies fans to follow team during World Cup

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Amazon has developed a new voice app that will answer rugby union fans questions about the national team and also provide an audio call of each day's matches from the Rugby World Cup which is in progress in Japan.

The Rugby Xplorer will be available on all Alexa-enabled devices and has been launched through a deal with Rugby Australia, the governing body for the sport in the country. Amazon has named its apps as Skills.

A statement from Amazon said Rugby Xplorer would allow fans to tune in to the RWC through live audio coverage and also gain access to exclusive features and news from inside the Wallabies team camp, a daily wrap of each day’s events, official team press conferences, and access to rugby.com.au’s weekly show, Rugby Nation.

The RWC kicked off on 20 September and will end on 2 November. Australia has won the tournament twice, in 1991 and 1999, and finished as runners-up twice, in 2003 and 2015.

After the RWC is over, there are plans to extend the app to cover competitions such as Super Rugby and Super W and also grassroots competitions.

The Rugby Xplorer skill can be used by saying “Alexa, launch Rugby Xplorer”. A live game can be launched by saying “Alexa, stream the Wallabies game.”

Rugby Australia head of Technology, Kevin Stafford, said: “The use of voice technology is rapidly growing in Australia and around the world and we are excited to be one the early adopters of this technology in Australia, which offers Rugby fans incredibly easy access to some great content.”

Alexa Skills country manager Kate Burleigh said: “It’s fantastic to see Rugby Australia creating another way for Wallaby fans to connect with their favourite team. We’re always excited to see developers enhance the fan experience through voice on Alexa."

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