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TV Officials Are Handed More Power In Rugby's Premiership
Published August 21, 2012
MAINTAINING INTEGRITY: The London TELEGRAPH reported that Premiership Rugby Dir Phil Winstanley said, "The TMO trial in live televised games allows us to maintain the integrity of our competition by ensuring that the match officials are given the utmost support in getting crucial decisions right." The concussion protocol was developed by the Int'l Rugby Board working group after "being tasked with enhancing player safety without undermining the fabric of the game." The new system will work in conjunction with the current "blood bin" system, which allows players to be temporarily replaced if they have a cut. RFU Head of Sports Medicine Dr. Simon Kemp said, "Being able to temporarily remove the player from the field will allow medical practitioners to perform a more sophisticated assessment than presently and better decisions to be made" (TELEGRAPH, 8/20).