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RFU to trial refcam

The Guardian
Saturday, December 22, 2012

Viewers will have the chance to watch rugby from the referee's perspective on Sunday when new "refcam" technology is trialled during the Newcastle Falcons game against London Scottish.

The trial will involve a three-inch square HD camera being secured to the shirt of the referee Matt Carley.

The footage, with audio, will be available to Sky's directors, and the RFU will use it for training match officials.

The same technology was used by the US broadcaster HBO at an Amir Khan bout, with a camera sewn into the referee's bow tie - footage that the RFU's head of elite referees, Ed Morrison, called "quite incredible".

"I was spellbound," Morrison said, emphasising the value of being able to screen the referee's view "down the tunnel" during scrums.

"This is an exciting development and one that we're excited to trial. Not only will it offer a new perspective for viewers but it will also provide us with an additional tool which can be utilised within the ongoing development of our referees."

The technology will be trialled at a number of Championship fixtures, with the results assessed in the new year.


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