Viewers will have the chance to watch rugby from the referee’s perspective this weekend 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 referee Matt Carley. The footage, with audio, will be available to Sky’s directors, and the RFU (Rugby Football Union) 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. The technology will be trialled at a number of Championship fixtures over the Christmas period, with the results assessed in the new year.