Planet Rugby

IRB to introduce neutral TMOs

08th July 2013 14:26



More neutrality: TMO

Neutral television match officials (TMOs) will be appointed to test matches from August, the IRB have announced.

Debuting with Australia versus New Zealand in The Rugby Championship in Sydney on August 17, the team of four match officials appointed by the IRB will all be independent of the two participating Unions.

Current policy stipulates neutral selections for referees and assistant referees for test matches but not the TMO, recognising geographical and economic challenges of a global Game.

However, with TMO responsibilities having been extended on a trial basis to review up to two phases (rucks or mauls) before the ball is grounded in the act of scoring and potential acts of foul play, the IRB undertook an extensive review of this important area of match officiating.

"International Rugby is our shop window and it is important that we constantly collaborate with major Rugby stakeholders to invest in and deliver best-practice officiating for the Game's showcase events," said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

"This landmark policy change is a result of a holistic and detailed review of the TMO role in light of the additional responsibilities as a result of the trial implementation of extended powers of the TMO in international Rugby, including reviewing potential acts of foul play."

"The neutral policy further enhances integrity and reduces pressure on the person tasked with this important role while ensuring that we continue to promote and appoint our very best TMOs to test matches."

  • International Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
All times are local
International Match
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
England vs Australia14:30
More International Match fixtures
  • International Results
Recent Results
All times are local
International Match
Sunday , November 23
Georgia 35 - 24 JapanGeorgia vs Japan Report
Saturday , November 22
Italy 6 - 22 South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia Report
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
Friday , November 21
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
Sunday , November 16
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results