In the Guardian
Under the terms of the global trial protocol initiated by the International Board (now World Rugby) match officials are allowed to go back two phases to check if a try should be awarded. In this season’s Premiership, however, referees will be invited to “take more responsibility” and will only go upstairs having first checked with their two assistants.
Tony Spreadbury, the head of the RFU’s re-styled Professional Game Match Official Team, is hopeful the system will work more effectively and better reflect the original intention that referees should not be subservient to TMOs in the stand. While forward passes, in particular, are hard to spot at ground level, the hope is that referees will trust their instincts more often and not refer every second decision to the TMO
Props will also be reminded of their responsibilities at scrums, with looseheads required to bind on to the bodies of their opponents and to keep their hips straight. Tightheads, in turn, will not be allowed to place their feet so far back that they cannot properly support themselves.