'Ref Cam' to debut in Brisbane Super clash

16:00, Feb 20 2013
UNDER CLOSER SCRUTINY: New Zealand referee Chris Pollock.
UNDER CLOSER SCRUTINY: New Zealand referee Chris Pollock.

New Zealand referee Chris Pollock's decision-making will be under closer scrutiny than usual during the Australian Super Rugby derby between the Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs in Brisbane on Saturday.

For the first time in the competition's 18-year history, a match official will wear a mini-camera that will transmit images through broadcaster Fox Sports.

"Ref Cam" is built into Pollock's earpiece and will see rugby become the first football code to use the innovation as part of live television coverage.

Designed to deliver viewers a unique perspective from the field of play and bring fans closer to the game, Ref Cam has the backing of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and Sanzar.

"We are delighted Fox Sports have been proactive in seeking to expand ... the experience for rugby fans around the country," ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said.

The Ref Cam coverage will be reviewed by Sanzar after the Suncorp Stadium match with a view to possible broader implementation.

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