A Television Match Official (TMO) will be available for this Friday’s Aviva Premiership clash with Sale Sharks at Kingston Park, as league bosses continue moves towards having them available at every match (kick-off 8pm).
A TMO covered Gloucester against Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm last weekend despite the game not being broadcast live on television.
The trial moves onto Kingston Park this Friday and if successful, the TMO could be rolled out for all Premiership games next campaign.
Premiership Rugby director Phil Winstanley said: “At our last board meeting the 12 Aviva Premiership clubs agreed to make considerable financial investment to conduct this experiment that will see additional cameras and a TMO installed at four non-live matches this season.
“The integrity of the Aviva Premiership is crucial to our clubs and this increases the chances of the match officials getting more decisions right.
“The money invested shows our clubs will stop at nothing to make the Aviva Premiership the most professional league in the world.
“We could have conducted the trial and reviewed the evidence as part of a trial before introducing the TMO. However, we see no reason why we shouldn’t utilise the TMO if the additional angles are available as the most important thing is to give the match officials the maximum support to get the decision right.”
The system which could cost around £350,000 to be rolled out next season will be reviewed by Premiership Rugby at a board meeting on May 15.
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