Hawk Eye Technology will be used for the first time in Twickenham this weekend
Hawk Eye technology will be trialled at Twickenham this Saturday during the game between England and France. The technology, which has already been successfully deployed in other sports such as, Tennis, Cricket, GAA and Football, will feature in a men’s rugby international for the first time.
The camera based system was previously trialled during the latter rounds of the Pro 12, Women’s World Cup and Under 20 Championship, and will be deployed so as to make decisions easier for Television Match Officials, and allow medical teams immediately assess potential concussions.
Using Hawk Eye’s Smart Replay Technology, the TMO will be able to examine multi angle replays, in both real time and slow motion. This will allow the TMO replay incidents using specific zoom or split screen angles. It is hoped that the new zoom angles will aid match officials decide whether or not the ball has been grounded, in the event of players attempting to score while being engulfed by tackles or touching down from a ruck or maul.
By replaying two aspects of the same replay, the split screen technology will allow the TMO judge if a player had touched the ball down before going into touch. It will do so be replaying the try scoring and in touch actions on either side of the same screen. Such features would make it easier to decipher whether or not a try had been scored. Therefore minimising the chances of Mark Cueto incident from the 2007 World Cup Final reoccurring.
The system will also allow medical teams and independent match doctors, identify head clashes and assess their impact by quickly reviewing incidents. Footage will be immediately available in medical rooms, allowing doctors decide what protocols should be followed. This feature was a key recommendation made by World Rugby following the concussions received by George North during the Six Nations.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena