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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C


This month
March 2023
# foul play
The first-ever 'upgraded' red card was shown in Super Rugby Pacific
Hurricanes prop Tevita Mafileo was sent off upon review by the TMO.
Last year
# Review
'The TMO intervention around foul play has created so much dead time'
Ex-Ireland analyst Eoin Toolan wants to see TMO involvement limited to try-scoring decisions.
All time
'I spoke to Joe Schmidt' - Gatland unhappy at World Rugby dragging the Lions in
The Lions boss says they tried to have the TMO changed before the first Test.
Joy Neville makes more history as Nigel Owens gets 100th Test appointment
Meanwhile, Andy Farrell’s Ireland have learned who will be refereeing them this autumn.
# Audio
Bravo to Super Rugby for finally allowing fans in the stadium to hear the TMO
The supporters at Eden Park could eavesdrop on the chat between the referee and his TMO.
# Closed trial
World Rugby approves revised TMO trial for November international Tests
The world governing body have confirmed a closed trial which looks at revising the scope of the TMO.
# Try: Yes or No?
What role should the TMO play in rugby? A key question for the sport
World Rugby expressed its unhappiness with the current situation in July.
# Huge Call
World Rugby confirm Anscombe try against England should have stood
Warren Gatland labelled the decision a ‘terrible mistake.’
# Roll It There Again
Don't expect the GAA to bring in video refs for penalty decisions and black card calls
Páraic Duffy raised the issue of TMO’s in his annual report today.
# Big screen
Nigel Owens wants to see the TMO used less during matches
Welsh ref would like to see video replays used only to decide on tries.
# rwc 15
World Cup organisers defend TMO system amid growing frustration from fans
World Rugby claim just 28% of stoppage time from the opening game was taken up by the TMO process.
# Opinion
TMO, once the envy of every other sport, threatening to become a blight on rugby
‘The man upstairs’ has been too quick to demand a stoppage, and referees aren’t helping either.
# Going upstairs
SANZAR looking to replace TMO with a new 'referee bunker'
The ‘referee’s bunker’ has already been successfully been trialled in rugby league.
# review process
'We've got to the stage where you can substitute half the team'
Anthony Foley would like to see altered scrums, only five subs and the re-introduction of rucking in rugby.
# Get Well Soon
The TMO for Ireland's clash with England has been stabbed in South Africa
There may now be a change to the team of match officials after Shaun Veldsman was assaulted in Cape Town.
Hawk-Eye technology will be used in Munster's Pro12 game tomorrow
The SMART Replay system is bring trialled by World Rugby with a view to the World Cup later this year.
# You're the Ref
Should Bernard Foley's try for Australia against Ireland have been allowed?
Was it a forward pass from Phipps? You tell us…
# good day
Andrew Conway impresses on a 'good day' for Foley's Munster
The southern province’s head coach excused Ian Keatley’s four misses from the tee at Thomond Park.
# Interview
Darragh Fanning: 'We can't win the Munster match this week'
The winger has told his side not to get distracted by the upcoming Aviva Stadium clash.
# Controversy
‘We’re Connacht and we just deal with that’ – Pat Lam on refereeing calls
The western province’s head coach didn’t agree with decisions made by the match officials during last night’s defeat.
# Close Call
'We got out of jail' admits O'Connor as Leinster survive late scare
Former Ulster player Pedrie Wannenburg looked to have clinched a late point when he touched down near the Leinster line.
# sour grapes
Scarlets see red over Tom Court try that was 'clearly short of the line'
Coach Simon Easterby believes Ulster would be delighted to see Alain Rolland refereeing the Pro12 Final.
# Champions Elect
6 Nations: England on the brink of Grand Slam after Italy victory
Toby Flood made Italy pay for their indiscipline but a fightback ensured a tight finish.
# Tough Breaks
'In my eyes it was definitely a penalty' - Keith Earls on the controversial TMO
There is more bad news on the injury front, meanwhile, as Eoin Reddan suffered a leg fracture.
# gift wrapped
'It's a great Christmas present for us' - Penney reflects on Connacht's near miss
Munster climbed to third in the Pro12 table after their win in Galway.
# Pro12
Reaction: Munster show plenty of fight but can’t stop Leinster charging through the front door
Rob Penney will be furious at his side’s inability to stop the straight-up running of Strauss, Conway and McFadden.
Leinster v Munster, RaboDirect PRO12
Both sides were looking to get back to winning ways and there was a plethora of tries in the first 10 minutes.
# No flag
Was it over? James Hook says so - but IRB backs ref
Wales lost out to defending champions South Africa – and they were denied the points for this penalty. Judge for yourself.
# The Morning Score
The Morning Score: Wednesday
Trap takes a hit on his wages, a Cats legend bows out and there’s major changes afoot for one Irish rugby province.