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RefCam introduction to give rugby fan a ref's eye view of the action

Footage from the new camera will be featured in Sky’s coverage of Newcastle Falcons v London Scottish this weekend.

Hamilton and Bruce County contest a scrum.
Hamilton and Bruce County contest a scrum.
Image: YouTube Screengrab

THE ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP will trial the first ever use of RefCam in a live rugby union broadcast this weekend.

Sky Sports will show live footage of Newcastle Falcons’ clash with London Scottish from a camera placed on the shirt of match referee Matt Carley, including close-ups of the scrum in particular.

Supporters of the camera believe it will increase the viewing experience for rugby fans and ‘give a valuable insight into professional refereeing’.

Commenting on the new project, the RFU’s head of professional referee development Ed Morrison said, “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 at Sky Sports Rugby Union, commented, “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.”

Canadia division two sides Hamilton Niagras and Bruce County took part in a trial of the camera back in August.

Here is a sample [below] of what rugby fans can expect to see when the two sides meet on Sunday, 23 December from 3:15pm.

YouTube credit: Jamie Roszel

Expect the level of rugby on Sunday to be played at a slightly more frantic pace and keep an ear out for an expletive or two.

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