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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Ref Cam makes it's debut in the Top 14 with Romain Poite

We've seen it in Super Rugby in Australia, now thanks to Canal Plus, French Top 14 fans will also be able to enjoy the revolutionary new angles and point of view that Ref Cam brings. It made it's debut in France during the Stade Francais vs Toulon game, as you can see in the above video.

We get to see Poite kitted out before the match, then a montage of shots from during gameplay.

Does watching Ref Cam give you newfound respect for referees, and what do you think of it in general; amazing, or fad that won't become the norm? Let us know as a comment below!

Time: 5:07
Credit: Canal Plus

Posted at 9:25 pm | 25 comments

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Facepalm March 30, 2013 11:36 pm

This is the worst episode of Peep Show ever.

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Guest March 30, 2013 11:41 pm

I love it! Although, if you forget you're looking at the action from slightly above the eyeline of the ref, it does look like the players are addressing the ref's breasts. Other than that, I think it is exceptional and hopefully we see it more frequently. With advances in technology this should become even less uncomfortable for the refs, too. Get in there!

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shitdoesntwork March 30, 2013 11:43 pm

can't anyone make a youtube version of this?

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CEO Front Row Union March 30, 2013 11:45 pm

I couldn't see it in Firefox but I could in IE Explorer

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CEO Front Row Union March 30, 2013 11:44 pm

I like the use of the camera especially around the scrums (of course)

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Damo67 March 31, 2013 12:32 am

Absolutely love it, I would like to see more of this and can imagine the options it gives an editor during live broadcasts. Bring it on!

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acreda March 31, 2013 12:45 am

Well its a much better improvement over the ref cam mounted on the chest they tried in the Championship, I provides a very interesting angle.... would be interesting for them all to wear it to see the ref misshaps in full detail!!!

Not that i want to see a few balls kicked into refs or anything :)

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Ottawa Rugger March 31, 2013 12:53 am

Some of the scrum shots were a bit mundane, but the open field shots were wicked. It really made you feel like you were on the pitch. Can't see the footage being used much in real time during games, however. That said it would make a lot of sense as to use some of the footage for replays during down time or for the TMO. And at the very least it should make players be a little more cautious in their dealings with the referee.

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moddeur March 31, 2013 1:58 pm

During the match, commentators informed us that the referee cam was not yet included as an official camera that the video referee could use, but hinted that it could/would. So the ref cam might be here for good.

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John R March 31, 2013 4:44 pm

Feckin brill..

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ywp033402 March 31, 2013 6:02 pm

It is pretty cool! Would be better if we don't have to see part of ref's face in the bottom right hand corner though :P

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matt March 31, 2013 6:21 pm

The periods of running rugby, ca 4:15, made me realise how realistic some aspects of Jonah Lomu's rugby challenge game actually are, might get it out for the first time in a while now

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kadova March 31, 2013 10:35 pm

I love that ! Would love to see the ref cam used by the video ref.

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Guest94 April 01, 2013 12:20 am

Interesting stuff - far better than the chest-height version I saw a couple of months ago. Thought the open play sections showed the best angles - really felt like you were part of the game - but the camera shake on them would probably mean broadcast TV wouldn't use the footage in live match coverage - pity.

Not sure any refs with - ahem - big noses - would be enthusiastic as they'd end up blocking half the screen...

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Wayno April 01, 2013 9:53 am

brilliant...american sports, (NFL mainly) have normally led the way with this type of innovation for the fans, great to see rugby being ahead of the game

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brawnybalboa April 01, 2013 1:46 pm

As long as they remember to turn the camera off when they go for a piss at half time, I am happy

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matt the mauler April 01, 2013 2:22 pm

The shots of him running behind the try being scored were superb. Getting to the running lines and support play was excellent.

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Jeremy D April 01, 2013 11:16 pm

Being a level-1 ref I was interested to see this so as to learn from Poite's positioning; however the video's heavily edited and doesn't really help in this way. I can see why there's a bunch of positive comments here, but if you play, or ref, there's not that much of particular interest in the 5 minute video. I suspect that it would be painful to watch the full, raw video because of all the head movements, which is possibly why the original attempt used a chest-cam. Still it's an interesting application of technology, way ahead of soccer.... again.

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Matt JR Smith April 02, 2013 1:21 am

AMAZING! Please let this become the norm.

When he's running behind the players as they offload to score the try, you get an incredible insight not just into what the Ref is seeing but also the players, I got chills!!

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Jeroo April 02, 2013 2:39 pm

This is absolutely brilliant no doubt. Anything than can get us closer to the action has to be a good thing. Its also nice for a few of us who don’t play anymore to get that feeling of being on the pitch again ;-)
As technology gets better, whos to say there wont be cameras on the players as well one day!?

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Steps April 02, 2013 8:55 pm

Will the use of the cam allow for an increase in reffing the breakdown and scrummage? ie freeing the ref to look at the hit while a further ref is in the booth picking up other infringements....I know there's a danger of more refs than players but it would make for a more honest encounter

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Deon April 02, 2013 11:13 pm

I saw the broadcast of the match. Absolutely brilliant from a television viewer perspective. It gives a whole new view and feel to the game. Obviously it cannot be used extensively during the broadcast but when it comes into use, it is perfect. Like the angle of view, the height... Cannot wait to see this in Superrugby which I follow closely.
Brilliant work to those who made it work .....

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boom boom shake the May 12, 2013 6:50 pm

why don't they use sky/rfu system of strap around the chest?

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Munster1923 May 22, 2013 5:31 pm

Refs don't always look in the direction they're running, so with the chest cam, you had footage of nothing much as the ref was following the play.

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