ITV has unveiled details of its live coverage of this year's rugby World Cup, which will be split between the terrestrial network and digital channel ITV2, writes John Plunkett.

ITV will show

ITV has unveiled details of its live coverage of this year's rugby World Cup, which will be split between the terrestrial network and digital channel ITV2, writes John Plunkett.

ITV will show 24 of the 41 matches live, including the final, semi-finals, quarter-finals and the opening game between Wales and Argentina on 1 October. ITV2 will air the other 17 games live, including two matches featuring Ireland.

Jim Rosenthal and BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Nicky Campbell will anchor the coverage on ITV, while Angus Scott assumes presenter duties on ITV2.

The coverage will be produced by London News Network sports division ISN alongside MACh 1, the Meridian/Anglia/Chrysalis consortium that produces ITV's coverage of Formula One motor racing. The output will be executive produced by ISN controller of sport Rick Waumsley.

ITV's coverage, which is sponsored by Guinness, will be provided by a 150-strong team using eight outside broadcast units and a specially built TV studio at the newly erected Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

ITV controller of sport Brian Barwick said: 'ITV takes sport very seriously and we are taking the rugby World Cup very seriously indeed. The fourth World Cup is the British sports event of the year.' The tournament lasts for five weeks.