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RFU Championship to lead RefCam trial

19 December 2012

  • RFU Championship to trial 'RefCam' on Sunday
  • This is an exciting development - Ed Morrison

The RFU Championship will trial the first ever use of “RefCam” in a live rugby union broadcast when Newcastle Falcons take on London Scottish next Sunday, December 23 (kick-off 3.15pm).

Continuing to bring supporters closer to the action, the RFU Championship fixture will show live action from a camera placed on the shirt of match referee Matthew Carley, including close-ups of the scrum. As well as increasing the viewing experience for supporters and helping them understand the role of the referee, RefCam will provide a vehicle for referees further down the leagues to gain valuable insight into professional refereeing.

RFU referee Matthew Carley officiating during a Championship game

Photo: Brian Tempest

Head of Professional Referee Development Ed Morrison said: “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 on-going development of our referees."

Gus Williamson, Executive Producer, Sky Sports Rugby Union, added: “At Sky Sports we are always looking to introduce broadcast innovations that add depth to our coverage and this will certainly help viewers understand the decisions that referees make. We are excited about working with the RFU and we are confident that rugby viewers will be fascinated by this new way of watching the game.”

The game at Kingston Park is live on Sky Sports 3 HD.