'Ref Cam' set for S15 debut

2013-02-20 20:12

Brisbane - The Australian Rugby Union has announced plans to use equipment that will show the television viewer a referee's eye view of the action.

In a first for Australia and Super Rugby, the Fox Sports television broadcast will incorporate visuals captured from a camera worn in a headpiece by New Zealand referee Chris Pollock when he officiates the game between the Reds and the Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said Ref Cam had the full backing of Australian Rugby Union.

Pulver said Ref Cam was designed to deliver television viewers a unique perspective from the field of play and bring fans closer to the game.

SANZAR chief executive Greg Peters said SANZAR would continue to work with their broadcast partners on initiatives to enhance their coverage of the game and bringing pleasure to the fans by improving their viewing experience.


  • wayne.vandriel - 2013-02-20 20:20

    Like the idea....but what the hell will the headpiece look like???

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2013-02-20 21:37

      Pity it didn't come earlier, then we could have seen what Bryce Lawrence didn't see!!!!!!!!!

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2013-02-20 21:39

      I should have said didn't want to see!!!!!!!!!!

      atholl.canterbury - 2013-02-20 21:55

      the cam has a double periscope... lens on the ball ... for everyone to see ... one lens on the brown envelope in the ref's backpocket only for Bryce Lawrence to look-see ..

      nyiko.ralapelle - 2013-02-20 21:58

      Now we can see jean de villiers winking to refs while fixing games

      Paul Sdoow - 2013-02-21 07:50

      helmet will look like star wars theme with the ref on the ep kings matches screaming . . . Luke i am your father . .

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2013-02-20 20:25

    It's how the brain interprets what the eye sees. That is what gives a decision

  • shaunsm1th - 2013-02-20 20:38

    Awesome :)

  • dirkengelbrecht - 2013-02-20 21:18

    Decent idea. Except..... more critique over slowmo, replayed, analysis over what the ref missrd in realtime....... clowns

  • paul.moal.7 - 2013-02-20 21:38

    i commend the aussies for trying new things, but if anyone watched the big bash and the 'third eye' umpire cam, you will wonder how it will work with a referee that is constantly on the move. The third eye gave an interesting viewpoint, but it wasnt the clearest or highest quality picture and this was from a viewpoint of someone who stood relatively still. I would actually love to see if they have some image stabilization or something to that effect cause i can imagine it being very verry jumpy (to say the least)

      wayne.vandriel - 2013-02-20 22:10

      I can only imagine it really being effective at a scrum, and to an extent at a line-out? The rest of the time it will just be one big blur.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-21 07:57

      paul, they tested it with the 7's recently if I remember right. 99.9% of the game they show nothing from that camera. Only at scrumtime. And then it is moving around like crazy. They quality is exceptionally poor and you basically see a split second before they cut to the normal cameras again. Really not worth the effort and money.

      wayne.vandriel - 2013-02-21 09:48

      So it will basically be useless ? Since we can normally see the scrum quite well anyway. We will just see it a bit closer from now on and from the refs eyes... seems stupid.

  • ben.small.98 - 2013-02-20 21:38

    I hope this cam will open Mr Pollock's eyes!

  • dolla.harmse - 2013-02-20 22:00

    They used the ref cam at the Las Vegas 7's ans show it on US tv, What a load crap. You get seasick, Mark my words a ban the refcam is coming soon.

  • - 2013-02-20 22:38

    Gee vir hulle Go Pro Hero 3 met chest harness! lol

  • emmanuel.roodt - 2013-02-21 02:22

    If this is going to work and the fans like it, then will we be seeing less people at these games?

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-21 07:54

    What's wrong with the normal camera's? Now we have to watch an image bouncing up and down and everywhere from a camera strapped on the ref. I didn't know the ref can handle more wires and crap on him. Typical Aussies. They did the same kind of stuff with the T20 baseball to "make it more interesting for the fans". Seems as if the average Aussie fan is not that intelligent and most of them has the attention span of a gold fish. If the Aussie teams actually performed well, the rugby would be interesting enough for the Aussie fan, without the gimmicks.

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