Thursday, September 10, 2015

So how will 'Hawkeye' work in rugby?

'Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.' - George Orwell

So basically there are no lazers or hawks, or lazer-hawks - just boffins with cameras? 

World Rugby are rolling out a new Hawkeye system but somewhat disappointingly it doesn't involve ball tracking technology. That said the technology as applied to rugby is not insignificant in its capacity to improve the game. 

"Technology is an important component of the rugby performance and fan engagement environments and rugby World Cup 2015 is set to showcase innovation and performance to a record global audience," World Rugby kingpin Brett Gosper said in a statement. "The system has clear benefits for the match official team, the medical team and fans around the world."

According to the people behind the technology: "Hawk-Eye's SMART Replay technology is changing the way rugby union is officiated by putting control of broadcast angles into the hands of the TV Match Official, enabling them to make quick and accurate decisions independently of the host broadcaster. In addition, Hawk-Eye's SMART Replay technology is making the game safer by delivering vision to match doctors either pitch side or in the treatment room so medical teams can assess head injuries in real time.

Not quite the proverbial 'giant leap', but it all helps. 

CREDIT: World Rugby