Video refs for Tri-Nations
November 29, 1999
As was widely expected, use will be made of video to assist referees in next years Super 12 and Tri-Nations series.
Officials from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand are to ask the International Board to introduce the changes as a trial in next year's competitions.
The use of video still faces some technical and financial obstacles before it will be used, and it is only one of a number of trial measures proposed by SANZAR.
South African Rugby union chief executive Rian Oberholtzer said the introduction of video refereeing would take the game forward. "Trials held already in South Africa and Australia have been successful. International rugby is clearly ready for video refereeing," he said.
Other proposals include the tackle law, where players entering a tackle breakdown must come in from their own side, and allowing the No 8 to pick up if the ball is at his feet when a scrum collapses. SANZAR also want the board to approve front support players being allowed to steady the lineout jumper on the thighs as a safety matter.
The IRB will consider the proposals at its annual meeting next April.