TMO judges will be given more powers.
From July 1 of this year, World Rugby will update the protocol for the use of TMO. From now on, video referees will be able to evaluate some game episodes without a corresponding request from the main arbiter of the meeting.
Now TMO judges will be able to contact the judging panel themselves if they see:
— the player’s going out at the time of fixing the attempt;
— a dangerous game and assess the degree of punishment;
— game forward;
— compliance with the necessary conditions for a quick throw-in of the ball from behind the sideline, as well as determining the place where the ball went into touch or out of the in-goal.
With this change, as with most others, World Rugby hopes to reduce the number and duration of pauses in play.