‘Ground-breaking’ technology to debut in the Premiership this weekend

Jared Wright
Bath Rugby Joe Cokanasiga in action at the Bath Rugby vs Harlequins

Bath Rugby Joe Cokanasiga in action.

This weekend’s West Country derby between Bristol Bears and Bath in the Premiership will feature a unique twist.

A player from each team will be mic’d up during the clash on Saturday.

Reaching new audiences

TNT Sports and Premiership Rugby confirmed the innovation ahead of the encounter at an expected sell-out at Ashton Gate.

The aim of the “PlayerMic” is being introduced in an attempt to bring supporters closer to the action.

“Working with Premiership Rugby, World Rugby, the RFU and the RPA on the launch – TNT Sports continue to help the game reach new audiences,” a Premiership Rugby statement read.

“For the first time ever in the Gallagher Premiership, TNT Sports viewers will be able to get unique insight into the physicality of the sport as well as hear about the high-pressure decision making and communication that occurs on the field of play in elite rugby.

“A three-person team, featuring a dedicated camera operator, EVS replay editor and producer, will monitor the audio feed throughout the match to bring viewers all the best insight during breaks in play and in sequenced packages at half time and post-match.”

Ref Cam

TNT Sports and Premiership Rugby also confirmed that referee Luke Pearce will also wear a new and improved ‘Ref Cam’ during Gloucester’s clash with Sale Sharks on Sunday.

The camera will give viewers a unique close-up view of the action with the same camera set to be worn by a player in the build-up to the game.

The Premiership returns this weekend following a fortnight of Investec Champions Cup action. Harlequins host Leicester Tigers at the Twickenham Stoop in Friday’s only game.

Saturday’s action sees table-toppers Northampton Saints face off against bottom-of-the-table Newcastle Falcons. The West Country derby follows that with the day’s last game seeing Saracens tackle Exeter Chiefs at StoneX. Gloucester v Sale is Sunday’s only game.

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