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By Gavin Mairs

A major improvement to the Magners League this season will see the introduction of television match officials for the new campaign.

The move will only be for the televised matches, but with Celtic Rugby's broadcasting of almost 70 per cent of the games, it will encompass a vast majority of the fixtures.

A statement from Celtic Rugby said: " Celtic Rugby has announced that, in conjunction with its live broadcast partners and the host Unions, from the start of the coming season Television Match Officials (TMOs) will be appointed at all televised Magners League games to assist in situations where the referee is unsure of a score.

"The Magners League has three live television broadcast partners: BBC Wales, S4C and Setanta Sports, who between them show around 70% of each season's matches. When called upon the TMO will follow the International Rugby Board Protocol, which is already in use at international matches, to advise the referee on whether or not points have been scored."

In a further move aimed at improving on field disciplinary matters Celtic Rugby has also announced it is introducing Independent Citing Commissioners.

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