Six Nations to use video referee
January 30, 2001

Australian referee Stuart Dickinson will rely on video assistance during France's Six Nations opener against Scotland at the Stade de France on Sunday, the French Rugby Federation (FFR) announced on Monday.

The introduction of the measure effectively means that borderline decisions around the tryline area may be consulted through an audio system to a "television match officer", who will consult television evidence and refer back to the referee.

Any decisions taken by the referee after consulting the television match officer should be easily understood by the crowd. The referee will make a "T" sign then draw a square with his hands. Television evidence has already been used in the Southern Hemisphere - notably in Tri-Nations and Super 12 competitions.

Video assistance was also used in matches played at Twickenham last autumn where South African referee Andre Watson consulted the television match officer on November 18 before awarding the game-winning try to England winger Dan Luger against Australia. - Sapa

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