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Peter Bills: IRB's lack of vision keeping game in dark

Peter Bills

Published 31/03/2011 | 05:00

THE International Rugby Board (IRB) had the chance two years ago to eliminate forever the kind of blunder that robbed Ireland of a Six Nations victory in Wales.

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The disastrous error by Scottish assistant referee Peter Allan, who erroneously insisted that the same ball kicked out on the full by Jonathan Sexton had been used for a quick throw-in by Wales that led directly to their crucial try, could have been avoided had the IRB adopted a simple amendment to their existing laws.

One of the trialled new laws at the time of the ELVs, which caused such a hoo-ha from traditionalists within the game, said that the TMO could advise the referee of a previous error that risked leading to a palpably wrong decision by the match official. The trial took place over a whole season of matches at senior level in South Africa.

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