TMO Trial

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Tele­vi­sion match of­fi­cials (TMOs) cause fre­quent de­bate. Wales’ dis­al­lowed try against Eng­land in the Six Na­tions, when Gareth An­scombe and An­thony Watson dived for the ball (above), is just one con­tro­ver­sial in­ci­dent this year.

It is un­likely that TMO us­age will ever be per­fect, but World Rugby are run­ning a trial that changes how TMOs can be used in Novem­ber Tests hosted by Tier One na­tions.

The ob­jec­tive is to fur­ther re­duce TMO re­liance and time im­pact on the game, while also en­sur­ing that there is clear, con­sis­tent and ac­cu­rate on-field de­ci­sion-mak­ing. Tony Spread­bury, RFU’s head of pro­fes­sional game match of­fi­cials “The big­gest change fans will see in this trial is that greater in­flu­ence will be given back to the ref­eree with the re­moval of ‘on the run’ chat be­tween match of­fi­cials and TMO.

“If the ref­eree agrees to re­fer a mat­ter to the TMO, it must be for clear and ob­vi­ous acts of foul play. For re­fer­rals in the act of scor­ing a try, the ref­eree will give what they feel is the on-field de­ci­sion, eg, ‘I be­lieve the ball’s been knocked on. Can you con­firm this?’. The de­ci­sion will only change if clear and ob­vi­ous ev­i­dence is pro­vided by the TMO.” @FelixLong­brook Re­duc­ing the in­flu­ence of the TMO, and leav­ing it to the ref­eree to ask for a re­play if it’s thought nec­es­sary, should speed up the game @rug­byandthelaw More power to the TMO to make calls/di­rect ref­er­ees would im­prove things @Car­ruthers8 Frus­trat­ing that view­ers and com­men­ta­tors spot things live on TV and TMOs can­not, even with a re­play @WP_Sup­port­_Guy These refs seem to not want to use their touch or TMO when their rugby brain should be scream­ing to check be­fore mak­ing up their minds

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