Hawk-Eye technology, which could have eradicated any doubt over Mark Cueto’s controversially disallowed try in the 2007 World Cup final, is to be used for the first time at an England match at Twickenham in the World Cup warm-up game against France on Saturday, The Daily Telegraph has revealed.

The introduction of the state-of-the-art technology – one of a number of new measures being tested ahead of the World Cup next month – will also enable the England and France medical teams to assess immediately potential concussion injuries.


The new technology is understood to be a significant update on the World Rugby trial that was introduced in a number of Pro 12 club matches in the latter stages of last season, as well as at the Women’s World Cup and the Under-20 World Championship.

It will also be used in the World Cup as part of an effort to improve decisions by the television match official and player welfare. Saturday’s introductory game for the new system will be broadcast by Sky, while ITV is the host broadcaster for the World Cup.

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