Monday 19 March 2018

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

Peter Bills

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.

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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