Paddy has new plan for TV refs

2011-11-01 10:05

Wellington - International Rugby Board referees boss Paddy O'Brien says the authority of television match officials is likely to be extended on a trial basis next year and could be permanently increased.

O'Brien said protocols were currently being drafted which would "extend the use" of TMOs in trial matches in both the northern and southern hemispheres in 2012.

Television match officials currently can only rule on incidents in the in-goal area. The new protocols would likely extend their authority to the field of play, allowing them to advise the referee of foul play or forward passes in the lead-up to a try.

O'Brien told a business luncheon in Queenstown on Monday that "protocols around this have yet to be established, but it is likely to be trialed in the new year."


  • Jack - 2011-11-01 10:44

    Paddy giving Bryce another go to mess up.

  • WilliamPie000 - 2011-11-01 10:55

    While Old Paddy is there they will never get it right!

  • clivegoss - 2011-11-01 11:00

    It is about bloody time

  • Wilbur - 2011-11-01 13:33

    Greater TMO involvement will make match overall elapsed time longer, and more technical. The real issue is poor refereeing, and Paddy's sidestepping the issue - again. There is no consequence for refs. Why not have a referee citing process? Or why not just train refs and assistant refs better or just force them to "up" their game or be fired on review? Technology cannot replace good refereeing.

  • William - 2011-11-02 04:39

    Crooked, corrupt match fixing rubbish. When are you okes finally going to realise that like cricket and football, rugby is fixed. Bryce Lawrence cheated in the Sharks/Saders game. Why as the Saders were the better team anyway. Time to kick inerntaional rugby to the curb like cricket. This RWC was a sham and a disgrace to supporters all around the world. Next RWC when the French win you all will be here again bitching about it but still watching.

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